Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2564 ..
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I am concerned that the information being provided in the media is not necessarily fully understood by all of the people affected by-
Mr Smyth: Is this a statement or a question?
MR SPEAKER: I am sure that Mr Hargreaves is coming to the question.
MR HARGREAVES: Speaking to the point of order, Mr Speaker: I wish to put the issue in context. It is the same as has been raised by other people.
Mrs Dunne: On a point of order: whom are you asking the question of?
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, will you please sit Mrs Dunne down?
MR SPEAKER: Proceed to your question, Mr Hargreaves.
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This morning's Canberra Times reports that doctors and their union-
Mr Pratt: I rise to a point of order, Mr Speaker. To whom is the question?
MR HARGREAVES: It is to the Attorney-General. Mr Pratt, if you showed the patience which God gave you, but which you usually dispense with with such vigour, and waited until the end of the question, you would figure it out. Perhaps you ought to go back to school.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Please proceed, Mr Hargreaves.
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. For the benefit of the people opposite, I will go through it again. My question, through you, is to the Attorney-General.
Mr Smyth: Ah! Step one.
MR HARGREAVES: Are you clear on that, kiddies? Good one! Mr Speaker, my question, through you, to the Attorney-General is: this morning's Canberra Times reports that doctors and their union, the Australian Medical Association, still have concerns about the government's proposed reform of laws to do with medical indemnity. Can the attorney tell the Assembly whether the doctors' concerns are reflected by the response of other interested parties to the government's reform package?
MR STANHOPE: Yes, it is a feature of media reporting that it is often done in grabs, such as, "Doctors reject package."It is true that some have, but many have not. I have had significant feedback from a significant number of specialists and doctors that by and large, whilst they would like us to go further here and there, they do find the package of legislation provides them with the certainty and the security they seek in relation to their practices.