Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    Opposition claims about health Bill ill-founded (A/Min)

    31/12/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Opposition claims that the State Government had stalled legislation for a health complaints process only served to highlight their own ineptitude.
     
    Acting Health Minister Gordon Hill said it also demonstrated that the Opposition had no health policies of its own.
     
    "The Health Services Conciliation and Review Bill is now in the Committee stage in the Legislative Assembly," Mr Hill said.
     
    "However, one of the biggest hurdles facing all Government legislation is the Legislative Council.
     
    "This year the Government was faced with the situation where the Council sat for only two thirds the time of the Assembly and as a result of Opposition filibustering, was only able to pass one or two bills a week for most of the sittings.
     
    "There were even times when the conservatives in the Upper House turned back legislation which had been approved by the Opposition leader and the Liberals in the Lower House.
     
    "The Legislative process was further frustrated by the Council having the audacity to debate at length their own legislation which would have resulted in massive pay rises for Upper House Liberals.
     
    "These factors caused a backlog of Bills, among them the Health Bill.
     
    "This just gives added impetus to the need for a rapid review and restructuring of the Legislative Council as recommended by the Royal Commission.
     
    "In view of all of this, it is the height of hypocrisy for the Opposition to firstly claim a Government initiative as their own policy and secondly to criticise delays to the Bill which were of their own making."