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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3587 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

my office spoke to them three or four times a day. I do not need to put out press releases or charge out to the hospital on a white horse and strut through the place letting everyone see me there to appreciate that there is a problem. I accept what the nurses say. I accept that there is a problem.

On another point, I have talked about this issue a number of times, and the reason I did not progress it was that the government was in negotiation with the union over a new pay deal. We brought it back last week because of reports that the recent pay offer had been rejected or was not up to the standard the nurses were after. That is why it came back out. I just thought it important to make those points.

The general theme seems to be that there are not enough nurses and that you cannot get them to come to work, so we propose to make their working environment more attractive so that people will come in. Studies have shown, in California especially, that in the long run you save money. Should I be returned, I intend to bring it back up. I have just received an email saying that the old Muppets names were Statler and Waldorf. So, Waldorf, I just thought I would respond.

Question resolved in the affirmative.



MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I will be seeking leave to table this. It is only a couple of paragraphs, so I will read it.

14.1 Totalcare must not assign its interest in this Deed without the Owners' prior written consent.

14.2 The Owners will not withhold their consent if:

Totalcare satisfies the Owners that the proposed assignee is financially secure and has the ability to carry out Totalcare's obligations under this Deed;

Totalcare is not in breach of this Deed; and

Totalcare pays the Owners' reasonable costs of giving their consent.

The McDonalds were never ever contacted. I seek leave to table those paragraphs.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I present the following paper:

Totalcare-Copy of agreement-extract from contract.

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