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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 322 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

constructive notice, actual knowledge of the interest, whether registered or not, and also wilful ignorance.

A new section 32E (3) is taken from the amended New South Wales act, Mr Speaker. This subsection addresses the situation where this is a chain transaction and the eventual purchaser was acting in bad faith. Under the existing law the eventual purchaser in bad faith will be able to acquire good title to the motor vehicle through a series of transactions. The proposed bill rectifies this anomaly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.07 to 2.30 pm

Questions without notice

Nurses pay

MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Care. In recent weeks the minister has resorted to something of a mantra in relation to his pay offer to Canberra Hospital nurses-that if Calvary Hospital nurses could accept the deal, why couldn't they? Can the minister tell the Assembly whether the deal accepted in a union vote at Calvary Hospital is exactly the same deal offered to nurses at Canberra Hospital? If there are differences, will the minister provide details to the Assembly of what they are and why he continues to insist that the separate offers are the same?

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I have never said that the separate offers are the same, but the differences are minor. The most important thing to understand is that the nurses at Calvary Hospital were given the opportunity to go to a ballot, a democratic process.

Mr Stanhope: By whom? Who facilitated that?

MR MOORE: What has happened at the Canberra Hospital is that the nurses union is preventing its own members from going to a ballot and having a democratic vote as to whether this is a good package or not. The part that horrifies me, Mr Speaker, is that Mr Stanhope put out a press release yesterday supporting that. The normal stand of the Labor Party is to support the union and forget about the workers. The union and the workers are supposedly one and the same thing. They are not, Mr Speaker. There is a problem here, and the problem is politics. It is nothing else, Mr Speaker. It is politics that is interfering with this.

Mr Corbell: You are getting a bit heated about this, Mr Moore.

MR MOORE: Shut up.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell!

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