Page 1426 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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I do not think there is anything more that I wish to add. I said at the end of my presentation of this motion that I commend the motion to the Assembly. I say once again that Mr Barr could play a very big part in this. I have called on Mr Barr a number of times to follow the example of his predecessor, Katy Gallagher, when she was Chief Minister and health minister, who saw the flaw in the system regarding nurses in special needs schools. The only special needs school that did not have a nurse was Woden. Ms Gallagher saw the inequity in that situation. She stepped in, Chief Minister, and changed that. And for once in a long time we had nurses in every special school. Minister Barr, you have the opportunity—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, I have reminded you repeatedly to address your remarks to the chair, not to the MLAs opposite.

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Assistant Speaker, through you, Mr Barr, the Chief Minister, has the opportunity to look at the situation. He must understand that we need to get some sanity regarding the changes that have been promulgated by the current Minister for Health and the current minister for education. Through you, Madam Assistant Speaker, Minister Barr needs to bite the bullet on this issue and, at the very least, support the motion that we have moved. We cannot support the amendment, for all the reasons I have mentioned. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Corbell

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.23): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the use of the drug ice (crystal methamphetamine) is having a huge impact in Australia and the ACT is not immune;

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