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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4237..


Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I am happy for him to go through it line by line because then we might get an explanation of his costings. But it is a simple question: has he done his own costing of his own action plan?

MR STANHOPE: I am happy to go through it line by line and I intend to do so. We are going to go through exactly what it would cost to meet Mr Smyth's targets in relation to category 2 patients. Let me tell you now: I will have details on it; I will have detailed numbers that your proposal in relation to category 2 patients will cost, on its own, $10 million.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a point of order.

MR STANHOPE: $10 million on that one item. Where is the money coming from? Where is that $10 million coming from?

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, resume your seat.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, you have now twice asked the Chief Minister to come to the point. There must be a point reached where the minister is disrespectful of or in disregard of the chair. You have upheld the point of order and the question should now be answered.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the point.

MR STANHOPE: I look forward to the debate on this matter later on today where we will expose the appalling hypocrisy, the total lack of responsibility, the complete irresponsibility of this shallow hypocritical nonsense from the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Humphries: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: you allowed the preamble to this question on the basis of it being context for an answer that was going to be given. We have had 12 minutes of context and no answer. He simply refuses to answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: All I can do, Mr Humphries, is do my best to get people to answer questions. As you know and as you would have experienced yourself not so long ago, it is not up to me how ministers answer questions.

MR STANHOPE: It is in the budget. Do you know what a budget is? There is a 12 per cent increase in funding. That is what we have done there. It is in the budget.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, order! If the Chief Minister doesn't want to answer the question, that is entirely up to him.

Sale of land

MS DUNDAS: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, as you would be aware, the Belconnen Community Council has been in contact with your office to request the deferral of the auction of two pieces of land on the Lake Ginninderra foreshore-one next to Hungry Jacks and the other on the north side of Beissel Street. Minister, can you explain why the site next to Hungry Jacks has been scheduled for auction tomorrow when the government has spent $250,000 on a study examining the


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