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Accuracy of Press Statements – Questions Without Notice

The Hon. C. BONAROS (14:35): Widely respected Centre for Economic Studies economist Darryl Gobbett was quoted on radio this morning, and I quote him verbatim—

Members interjecting:

The Hon. C. BONAROS: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question on the issue of SA Health—to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

The PRESIDENT: As long as it is generally SA Health—

The Hon. C. BONAROS: I will just start again—

The PRESIDENT: —if it’s a specific—

The Hon. C. BONAROS: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Health and Wellbeing a question about SA Health.

The Hon. D.W. Ridgway: It’s about process, these questions, really.

The Hon. C. BONAROS: Yes, I like process, Mr Ridgway.

The PRESIDENT: If it is about SA Health more generally, yes, but if it is a specific issue within SA Health you do owe the whole chamber the courtesy, because it’s the chamber giving you leave.

The Hon. C. BONAROS: In relation to comments made by Mr Darryl Gobbett on radio this morning.

Leave granted.

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The PRESIDENT: Just before the minister answers, the Hon. Ms Bonaros, it is actually in breach of convention, I suppose under Erskine May, to ask someone whether certain press statements are accurate. To the extent the question does that, I am going to rule it out of order, but the remainder of the question is a matter for the minister to respond to.

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