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Wednesday, 8 March 2000
Page: 14156

Mr BEAZLEY (2:06 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Aged Care and it follows the previous one I asked. Minister, it is not our intention to get some understanding of the court case you have proceeding. I ask you again: given that you have received reports from the agency and that these reports go back to July 1998, why is it 18 months under your charge before any action was taken in regard to the Belvedere Park Nursing Home? Haven't you been asleep at the wheel and negligent?

Mr Ross Cameron —I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. It is under standing order 144. That question is identical to the one previously asked. It has been fully answered. We should move to the next question.

Mr SPEAKER —I was going to observe that I thought the latter part of the leader's question had imputations that were quite unnecessary in the question and ought to be ignored. I invite the minister to respond to the first part of the question.

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Minister for Aged Care) —I simply repeat the answer I gave before: this matter is currently before the AAT and the Federal Court.