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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3977 ..

MR BERRY: This is what the record says:

What Labor set out to do was to put in place a hospital system to suit the needs of the people, not to suit any privatisation ideology. It was about a hospital system to suit the needs of the people and that was affordable and accessible; not a hospital system where budgets were out of control, where a Minister did not know what was going on within his system, where there was a Minister who would not listen to the people who were advising him on the problems in his hospital system.

Mrs Carnell then quoted me in relation to waiting lists. She would remember that I also said on many occasions that they are one measure. I went on to say:

The figures that I have demonstrated here this evening are an indictment of this Government's performance in hospital services. It cannot keep up with demand and the Minister has now conceded this. Of course, he has conceded because he has not enough money to run his hospital system. His budget has blown out and he still cannot provide services.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I am just about to finish. I said:

The Minister has conceded that. He has thrown away, this year alone, two years of the proposed savings that he said he would get from his redeveloped hospital system.

Mr Humphries had $7m worth of - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! The personal explanation is finished.


Aquatics Inquiry

MR STEFANIAK: Yesterday, Mr Whitecross asked me a question in relation to LRM Australia Pty Ltd and Leisure Australia Inc. I seek leave to incorporate my response in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Document incorporated at Appendix 17.

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