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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 2037 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I am sick and tired of the rhetoric on drugs. I want to see some results. The latest result that I have heard about is the deplorable condition of our methadone program, under a Health Minister who argues for, and who in the past has pitched most of his personal statements at, harm minimisation when it comes to illicit drug use. His record has fallen apart. It is in tatters. We have a serious situation developing in the ACT and a Minister who does not seem to be able to cope with the issue, showing either a lack of interest or an inability to cope. On either score, this Minister has proven that all of his rhetoric in the past has amounted to nothing for the people he is supposed to represent. After all, he took on this issue with both hands and he should live up to his past rhetoric.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for the discussion has now expired.


MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Carnell: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.

Question resolved in the negative.

Scrutiny Report No. 8 of 1998 and Statement

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I present Scrutiny Report No. 8 of 1998 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety performing the duties of a scrutiny of Bills and subordinate legislation committee and I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No. 8 of 1998 contains the committee's comments on three Bills, 12 pieces of subordinate legislation and seven government responses. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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