Page 1190 - Week 03 - Thursday, 31 March 2011

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government has expressed its support for the overarching findings and recommendations of the Hawke report. The suggestion you make is quite consistent with Dr Hawke’s findings, and the government has accepted them.

Minister for Health—statements

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday the Assembly passed a motion unopposed that called on you to “provide a more accurate and honest summation of public health services”. Do you accept the Assembly’s motion—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the question actually contains a mistake in its phrasing. It suggests that we did not oppose a particular motion yesterday. We quite clearly did.

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr Stanhope: We voted against it. We simply did not call the votes. We clearly voted against it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. Ms Gallagher will have the opportunity to make that point in her answer if she wishes.

Mr Stanhope: Well, it’s simply false—

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: But the statement’s false.

MR SPEAKER: Under which standing order? Is there a standing order, Chief Minister?

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, should not the question be ruled out of order if it is false?

MR SPEAKER: Which standing order?

Mr Stanhope: Well, I will leave that to you and your wisdom, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: My advice is there is no—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Order!

Mr Stanhope: If you need advice, Mr Speaker, you are in strife.

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