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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 179 ..

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (5.26), in reply: I thank Mr Stanhope for supporting this Bill on behalf of the Labor Party. It is interesting how many pieces of legislation are passed by this Assembly because they are sensible pieces of legislation that any government would put up - in this case the hospital drew this matter to our attention and said, "Look, we need this kind of protection" and the work was then done - and are not reported, even in a generic way, as part of the combined work that the Assembly does. In some ways it is a shame. Of course, the best media and the most interesting media is always the conflicts and the conflicting situations. Even as I speak I see a member of the media departing because it is not a conflict story. Perhaps I should have attacked the member of the media to see whether I could get some better reaction. I do know that members of the media, like other members of the Assembly, listen through the broadcasting system. Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to have support for this Bill. I do hope, like Mr Stanhope, that it will have the result of meaning more corneas being available for transplantation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Moore) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Buddhist Community of Canberra

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (5.27): Mr Speaker, I just want to take one brief moment to welcome in the lunar new year and to comment on a celebration which I attended, along with a number of other members of the Assembly, last night at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Monastery in Lyneham. I take this opportunity not only to wish those members of the Canberra Buddhist community and Vietnamese community who were particularly involved in that celebration last night all the best for this new year, but also to commend the role played in the broader Canberra community by the Buddhist community and the considerable role that the venerable Thich Quang Ba plays in that community involvement.

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