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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4644

Dr EVERINGHAM (Capricornia) (Minister for Health) -Mr Deputy Speaker,I wish to make a personal explanation. The honourable member for Murray (Mr Lloyd), who has just spoken, referred to a joint works council in Queensland which I mentioned and which the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) mentioned. The honourable member said there is no such organisation.

Mr Lloyd - I did not; the Minister for Health in Queensland did.

Dr EVERINGHAM - I have with me a letter from the Queensland Minister for Health dated 3 December from which I quote in part. It states:

At the outset, let me say that there appears to be some misapprehension concerning 'the recent meeting of the Joint Hospitals Works Council for Queensland '. At this point in time, no such Council has been formed. Indeed, officers of this Department could not be a party to such Council without the prior approval of Cabinet

It further states:

Discussions did take place between officers of the Department and the chairman and other representatives of the National Hospitals and Health Services Commission, concerning this State's forward planning program for hospitals and institutions.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The statement being made by the Minister for Health has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Health Insurance Levy Assessment Bill (No. 2), the Health Insurance Levy Bill (No. 2), or the Income Tax (International Agreements) Bill (No. 3). I suggest that you rule that the Minister is out of order.

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