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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2728 ..

Mr Berry: On that point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker: I was just going to assist you in coming to another one of your wise decisions. Mr Humphries attempts to confuse you by saying that Mr Quinlan is involving himself in a debate. In fact, there is no motion before the chamber, so he can hardly be involving himself in a debate. What he is merely doing by your leave is pointing out where he has been misrepresented in relation to the matter. I think you should allow him to complete his explanation of how he has been misrepresented.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: On that point of order, Mr Berry, you would be well versed with standing orders because you have been in this chamber long enough. The matter has been dealt with at question time in the house. Mr Quinlan is now going down the path, as I understand it from the Attorney, of addressing the debate that took place at question time. But, sir, what I am saying in fairness is that Mr Quinlan should look at standing orders. I understood that Mr Quinlan was addressing a grievance under standing order 46.

Mr Quinlan: Can I have a crack under standing order 47 then?

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: No. Let us get on with the business. You are trying to test me out, Mr Quinlan.

Mr Berry: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I withdraw "wise".

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Berry. I will frame that part of Hansard and I will hang it up.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care): For the information of members, I present the information bulletins relating to patient activity data for the Calvary Public Hospital and the Canberra Hospital for September 1998.


National Drug Strategy

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (5.20): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

This morning I was at the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy, where the Australian Ministers unanimously adopted a new Australia-wide strategy for dealing with illicit drugs based on harm minimisation. That will be released, as I recall it, in December. It is a very pleasing result. I will be able to come back to Assembly members on that information in due time.

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