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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 2433 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

saying, "We will not negotiate seriously until the nurses stop their industrial action". I think all of us here want to see an end to it. I hope that the Government, and the Minister in particular, take on board what has been said today.

We sat through a number of very lengthy speeches from both the Minister for Health and the former Minister for Health giving us a history of what has gone on with the nurses, talking about problems with the budget, talking about how warm their tea was when they got it last night and talking about every other thing they could think of. But at the end of the day the issue for me is that this dispute needs to be resolved. The people who can make decisions should meet and negotiate with the nurses and put an end to their dispute. In saying that, I think there is a responsibility on the part of the nurses to act in good faith if the Government fulfil their end of the bargain. I have no doubt that if the Government and the hospital act in the proper way the nurses will act accordingly.

It is very clear that the majority of members in this Assembly want to see the hands-on Minister involved and show the enthusiasm he has shown in the past in being involved in problems at the hospital. I just hope that we can see an end to this dispute at the hospital. Once again, I thank members for their support, and I look forward to the motion being carried.

Amendment negatived.


MR HIRD (5.38): I ask for leave to amend the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the potential of an international airport and a very high speed train for Canberra. I wish to add a paragraph (2).

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: I move:

(1) That the Assembly notes the importance that an international airport in Canberra and the very high speed train would have in promoting investment and employment in the Capital Region and providing the means for deferring the construction of a second Sydney airport;

(2) that the Assembly agrees that this motion should be forwarded to the Commonwealth Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon. John Anderson MP, advising him of the outcome of the motion for his consideration.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries ) adjourned.

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