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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2734 ..

MR RUGENDYKE (7.54): Mr Speaker, bringing a censure motion before this Assembly is a very serious step to take. We have seen quite a few censure motions during this term and, as I have said before in this chamber, the bar for moving censure motions and no-confidence motions is set quite high.

I listened to the audio recording and I thought I heard the words "condescending, bloody woman". Mr Speaker, while recognising that it is serious to be condescending towards women and that such behaviour should not take place in this chamber, I think it is quite sad that this matter has been raised in this way.

There is a page and a half of business on the daily program that we should be getting through. I think there are three people in the gallery at the moment and they will be wondering what is going on. Before the dinner break, Professor John Warhurst was in the gallery. What a disgraceful performance for these people and for Professor Warhurst to witness.

Mr Speaker, I do not know what more there is to say about this, except that the level of debate needs to be elevated as well as the bar. Given the amount of work we have to get through, it is quite sad that we should be debating such matters.

Question resolved in the negative.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Hepatitis C-Lookback program and financial assistance scheme report as at 30 June 2001.

Information bulletins-

Calvary Public Hospital-Patient Activity Data-May 2001.

The Canberra Hospital-Patient Activity Data-May 2001.

Health Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Act-3rd quarter report 2000-2001.

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements, unless otherwise stated)

Subordinate Laws Act, pursuant to section 6-

Animal Welfare Act-Animal Welfare Regulations 2001-Subordinate Law 2001 No 26 (No 31, dated 2 August 2001).

Government Procurement Act-

Appointments of Chairperson, public employee members and non public employee members to the ACT Government Procurement Board-Instrument No 207 of 2001 (S52, dated 1 August 2001).

Procurement guideline-Approved procurement units-Instrument No 214 of 2001 (S56, dated 8 August 2001).

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