Page 3308 - Week 10 - Friday, 26 August 2005

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Finally, I want to respond to the accusation that has been made several times, which I think is a fairly weak one—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I have to raise a point of order here. Dr Foskey, it is disorderly to have promptings from the gallery by advisers.

DR FOSKEY: It was not a prompt. I sent Mr Manson away to get the exact date of the briefing that we had from the chief psychiatrist. This is our major reason for not being able to act as quickly as other members would have liked. After trying for quite a while, for several weeks, we were able to secure a meeting with the chief psychiatrist and representatives of the department of health on 12 August. As members know, we started sitting on 15 August. I do not know what other offices are like, but mine was a very chaotic place from that time on.

I apologise that we were not able to present this material in a timely fashion. We did our best. I close the debate by saying that I believe that the Greens have offered the most responsible approach. It is, of course, up to other members to make their own decisions.

Question put:

That Dr Foskey’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 1

Noes 14

Dr Foskey

Mr Berry

Ms Porter

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Smyth

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Ms MacDonald

Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

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