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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 626..


MR PRATT: I was looking for my notes. Perhaps I've got your glasses on, John.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Pratt, can you direct your comments through me. If you have another question, let me know.

MR PRATT: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, why can't you express confidence in your minister, Mr Corbell—which you failed to do in answer to this question and which you failed to do in this morning's vote on the motion of no confidence? Why can't you?

MR STANHOPE: The expression of my confidence in the minister was reflected in my vote—just as the reflection of Mr Pratt's confidence in his immediate past leader was reflected in his vote. We now see his immediate past leader on the back bench. The vote of every member of the Liberal Party was taken, and Mr Smyth now finds himself in this particular wilderness, where, of course, he will always stay. I have absolute confidence in—

Mr Pratt: Poor old Simon.

MR STANHOPE: I have every confidence in Mr Corbell, just as I have every confidence in every member of the government. Compared to you lot, we have got nothing to worry about. This electorate expressed their confidence in you in the last two elections. I have absolutely no doubt that they will continue to express the same level of confidence in you as they have over the last five years, and that is none—that is none because you do not deserve it. The verdict on you has been passed and it will be passed again. You are simply not credible. You have no policies.

Here it is again today. We do not sit again for a little while, but there is still not a single question on health, education or community safety.

MR SPEAKER: Come back to the question, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: And simply because you do not want to do the work; you just want to play these silly games. You are not interested in work, you are not interested in policy and you are not interested in the things that matter to the people of Canberra.

ACT Health—work force

MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Speaker, my question to the Minister for Health concerns the ACT Health work force. Minister, given the changing nature of demands being placed on the public health system and the constant challenge of recruiting and retaining a highly skilled health work force, will you please inform the Assembly of the actions taken by the Stanhope government to rise to these challenges?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. If it had not been for him it looks like I would not have had the opportunity to speak during question time this week.


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