Page 2548 - Week 08 - Thursday, 30 June 2005

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MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to clarify my statements because I believe they were correct. The transcript from the interview with Mr Smyth this morning on ABC radio reads:

MR SMYTH: Well, I’d be making sure that we’ve got less bureaucrats and more people online delivering services to the Canberrans when they need it. I’d make sure 100 beds are opened immediately.

MR SOLLY: That’s not realistic is it though? Where are you going to fit—where are you going to find 100 beds?

MR SMYTH: There is room within the current hospital system for about 70 beds to open immediately.

My claim in question time was that Mr Smyth said he would open 100 beds immediately and then he said he would open 70 beds immediately, and I think the transcript bears that out.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.21): I move:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from making a statement.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. This morning I came and said to you that in a break in the traffic I would like to seek leave to make a statement and you said I should check this with the whip on the other side, which I did. I explained to Ms MacDonald what I would like to do, and I think it is pretty churlish of the government not to grant leave for me to make a simple statement. I simply wanted to come in and correct the record because yesterday in debate I made a mistake, which my staff pointed out to me yesterday afternoon. I think the normal processes of parliament demand that I come in here and correct the record when I make a mistake, and now I am being prohibited from correcting the record. Ms MacDonald knew what I was proposing to do, and it is very churlish of the government indeed to try and gag me by not giving leave to correct the record.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Quamby Youth Centre

Statement by Member

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.22): Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, in debate on Mr Seselja’s motion in relation to Quamby, I said words to the effect that “even now the time-out room is not open.” Before I went on leave there had been some controversy and some discussion about the time-out room and I was concerned about the matter. I did not

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