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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 2262 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

The goal of the legislation, the fundamental behind the legislation, is to ensure that we get better and better patient safety records, that we get better and better quality assurance and that we give the committees the tools to be able to do that in an open and frank way. It is an unusual move in the way it deals with civil liberties. There is no question about that. But it is in such a restricted way. On balance, I believe the health outcomes that can be gained warrant an appropriate restriction on civil liberties. It is really a challenge for members to see whether they agree with that or believe the balance should be the other way.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 12.14 to 2.30 pm


MR HUMPHRIES (Acting Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): Mr Speaker, in the absence of the Chief Minister, I will field any questions for her.


ACTEW - Sale

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Acting Chief Minister. I refer to a media release issued by the Chief Minister on 14 October 1998 headed, "What Competition is Doing to ACTEW - 175 major customers already lost". In relation to that media release, my question to the Acting Chief Minister is: Do you consider the manager's flat at the Australian Institute of Sport to be a major contract? If you do not, why do you think the Chief Minister does?

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank Mr Stanhope for his question. Mr Speaker, I do not consider and I do not think anyone considers that outlet to be a major customer, but there is no doubt that the 175 organisations and locations on that list constitute a very serious indication that the future of ACTEW as the pre-eminent supplier of electricity services to this city is not guaranteed whatsoever.

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