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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2743 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

(6) the Committee is authorised to release copies of its report, prior to the Speaker or Deputy Speaker authorising its printing and circulation and pursuant to embargo conditions and to persons to be determined by the Committee;

(7) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

We propose to establish a Select Committee on Estimates in the same format and basically following the same rules as the Estimates Committee that was appointed last year for the 1995-96 budget. This follows the format of having two members nominated by the Government, two by the Opposition and two by the crossbenches. It proposes that the committee report by 6 November. It fits in with the pattern of sitting which we have settled upon, which allows us six weeks from the time that the budget is brought down until the Assembly next meets in order for the Estimates Committee to have a clear run, both to conduct hearings and to formulate a report in time for the passage of the Appropriation Bill in November of this year. I commend the motion to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Hospital - Patient Activity Data

MR BERRY (5.22): Mr Speaker, I intend to deal with a few things which I was not able to deal with earlier today in a personal explanation when the Chief Minister had accused me of certain things. Mr Speaker, yesterday - - -

Mr Humphries: It must have really stung.

MR BERRY: Not as much as the Chief Minister is stinging right now for those misleading numbers that you put before the chamber. Mr Speaker, yesterday Mrs Carnell apparently discussed with the Canberra Times the issue of releasing health figures. She is reported in today's paper along the following lines, and I quote from the Canberra Times:

She said the patient activity data for The Canberra Hospital and the first Calvary Public Hospital information bulletin represented the most complete picture of public hospital operations issued.

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