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community—including prisoners; in fact, he mentioned them explicitly in his first speech as leader. But when it comes to actually providing them—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Come back to the subject matter of Mr Pratt’s question.

MR CORBELL: Indeed, Mr Speaker, and when it comes to the issue of providing things such as televisions, heaven forbid! That is just a step too far for Mr Seselja and his colleagues. What is their policy? Black-and-white? Crystal sets? Where is it going to stop?

Mrs Burke: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: Will they have to photocopy their newspapers? For heaven’s sake!

MR SPEAKER: Order! Minister, resume your seat.

Mrs Burke: Under 118 (b), the member cannot debate the matter.

MR SPEAKER: He was not debating the subject matter, Mrs Burke.

Mrs Burke: Can he come to the subject matter of how watching TV on flat-screen LCD TVs will help prisoners reflect on their behaviour and improve themselves.

MR SPEAKER: That is right. And Mr Corbell is speaking to the subject matter and asking some rhetorical questions.

MR CORBELL: Indeed. Mr Speaker, I thank you for your guidance. The use of televisions is an accepted practice in prisons. It is fundamental in two ways.

Mr Pratt: The great escape.

Mr Barr: In normalising the prison rate.

Mrs Burke: You’re in this too.

Mr Pratt: Worldwide wrestling; that will go down well.

MR CORBELL: I know they are not particularly interested in this, Mr Speaker, so I will conclude my answer.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Hospitals—patient care

MS GALLAGHER: I have a follow-on matter from the question from Mrs Burke today. A case similar to the one referred to today in question time was the subject of a clinical review. I am not allowed, given the privileged nature of those reviews, to go into the clinical details of the case other than to advise that the clinical review

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