Page 2471 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 29 June 2005

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MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (4.42): I understand what Dr Foskey is trying to do and the frustration that both her office and my office have had over the way this health minister is treating this report. The contempt he is showing this report is absolutely phenomenal. As I have said before, it is over 12 months in the waiting. It has been two years since information was gathered to compile this report. I think this is a staggering comment made by this health minister—

Mr Gentleman: So you are supporting Dr Foskey’s amendment?

MRS BURKE: I heard your colleague in silence, Mr Gentleman. I would appreciate your doing the same for me. I think that this is an appalling indictment of all of us in this place. It is an atrocious way to treat the public. It is disgraceful—quite frankly, disgraceful. Unfortunately, I know that we are going to go down in a heap. The Greens and the Liberal Party will go down in a heap. I cannot support that. To that end, I will stick to my original amendment, which calls on this government to table its response by no later than the first sitting day in August. I will so move my amendment.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, you cannot move that amendment. We are still dealing with the amendment to the amendment to the motion. You need to speak to that. Later you may seek leave to move your amendment.

MRS BURKE: Again, I would just say that I understand the sentiment of the Greens on this issue, the frustrations that we both share. Unfortunately, we have seen an arrogance about this whole approach by the government, a total lack of regard and an utter contempt for the community. Twelve months is long enough. However, I will not be able to go with this particular amendment. I will be moving my amendment, so circulated, in due course.

Dr Foskey’s amendment to Mr Corbell’s proposed amendment negatived.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (4.50): I seek leave to move the amendment circulated in my name.

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