Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 1455 ..
MR MOORE (continuing):
Why do we bother with it in the first place if we are just going to have everybody involved in the Estimates Committee saying what they think? That is not the role of the committee. The role of the committee is to try to get some ideas, to put them together, to work out what you have in common and to deal with that.
Mr Berry: There are 50 recommendations there, Michael - more than ever.
MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, of course there are some recommendations in the committee's report that I agree with, and that is fine, but there are some that I disagree with. That has always been the case. This is not just about whether or not you agree or disagree with the report. This is about the fact that in so many cases it is not based on the evidence that was presented; in so many cases the evidence has just been ignored; in so many cases it is about the way people feel. On top of that, Mr Speaker, we have a situation where the committee's report - I think I can sum it up most neatly by quoting Mr Rugendyke - is just a farce.
MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (12.31): I seek leave to move that the debate be adjourned and the resumption of debate be made an order of the day for a later hour this day and have precedence over Executive business notices and orders of the day.
MR SMYTH: I move:
That the debate be adjourned and the resumption of debate be made an order of the day for a later hour this day and have precedence over Executive business notices and orders of the day.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health and Community Care. The Minister has indicated that if the Health Regulation (Abortions) Bill introduced by Mr Osborne to this Assembly yesterday is passed it will effectively stop abortion in the ACT. The Minister has expressed his absolute opposition to the Bill. Noting that the Bill is a health Bill and will, if passed, be administered by him, will the Minister affirm to this Assembly that he will faithfully administer the specific responsibilities the legislation assigns to him and thereby effectively end abortion in the ACT, or would he resign instead?