Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2008 ..
MR STANHOPE: I understand that there are 1,890 doctors registered in the ACT and there are 29 Rolls Royces registered in the ACT. Of all the groupings that might be described in the ACT, the grouping with the greatest proportion of Rolls Royces is obstetricians working at the John James Hospital.
MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question?
MR SMYTH: I sure do.
MR SPEAKER: He gave us all the answers.
MR SMYTH: How many Rolls Royce driving doctors are there in the ACT? What evidence did you base your comments on, or is this just another case of your government promoting class warfare?
MR STANHOPE: I base my comments generally on knowledge that I have about the average annual earnings of obstetricians employed at the John James Hospital and on the car ownership thereof.
Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I have a point of order. The actual question was: how many doctors drive Rolls Royces in the ACT?
Mr Quinlan: "And I don't want to hear anything else."
Mr Smyth: Oddly enough, you have to be concise, Mr Quinlan.
Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: at the risk of sounding flippant, the Chief Minister is not responsible for registrations of Rolls Royces in the ACT, and the question is out of order.
Mr Smyth: On the point of order: he is actually responsible for his comments. I want to know how many Rolls Royce driving doctors there are in the ACT.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, as long as the Chief Minister does not refer to Bentleys, he is probably on target.
MR STANHOPE: I have completed my answer, and I am happy to ask for further questions to be placed on the notice paper.
Visiting medical officers-collective bargaining
MRS CROSS: My question is to Mr Corbell as Minister for Health. Mr Corbell, you failed to answer a series of questions about proposed negotiations with the territory's visiting medical officers that were put to you by the Estimates Committee. These questions concerned the encouragement of collective bargaining by your government and the attitude of the ACCC. Mr Corbell, is your government encouraging collective bargaining by the individual contractors known as VMOs?