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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3025 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

Certainly, administratively, it will be my intention to ask somebody to actually draft the thing and have it ready for them in an initial form so that these specialists can look at it and say, "Yes, this is fine. No, you will need to change that. Yes, it is fine", and have perhaps a consultant or somebody from the department to do that, to try to make sure that we take up the least possible time of people with this kind of specialty. That would be the sort of approach that I would be seeking. But, having met a number of specialists of this sort within the hospitals, I am sure that they will be very happy to change anything that they disagree with and come to those compromises. I am saying that it is a small thing, administratively, that they will be able to do. But I see it as a compromise that I am prepared to wear.

Mr Berry: But you did not answer my question. Has somebody asked the board whether they agree - - -

MR MOORE: I did. I said that they will all obey the law. That is my answer: They will obey the law.

Mr Stanhope: You have to purchase the services of these people.

MR MOORE: I am just saying to you that they will obey the law.

Mr Stanhope: If you pay them.

MR MOORE: The boards will obey the law.

Mr Berry: What have we got to pay for this? It strikes me as curious. So the boards are telling you that they do not want to be in this?

MR MOORE: No, they have not told me that.

MR QUINLAN (2.44 am): Mr Speaker, I am curious as to what particular qualifications working at Calvary Hospital confers upon a particular nominee to this panel. What are we looking for? Are we looking for the best people to provide information? I would have thought we would have been looking for the best people. If they happen to be associated with Calvary, well and good. It should not in any way preclude people from being involved; but I would be interested to know what is the real bias towards this limitation, when there might be far better people working for a private hospital, the Canberra Hospital or whatever.

Amendments (Mr Osborne's) to Mr Hargreaves' amendment agreed to.

Amendment (Mr Hargreaves'), as amended, agreed to.

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