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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 58..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

represent the best in public healthcare delivery in the world. That is the vision that was outlined yesterday; that is the vision that has been scoffed at, ignored and rejected by the Liberal Party. That is the vision which this government will deliver over the next decade—a complete rebuilding, reconfiguring and restructuring of healthcare delivery in the ACT, and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment over the next 10 years.

Emergency services—FireLink

MR PRATT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question too is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the failed FireLink project cost ACT taxpayers $5 million, with nothing to show for it. Chief Minister, in relation to the failure of this project, on 5 December in this place you said:

Certainly there were a range of issues in relation to process, in retrospect ... the failure to test and to do the level of due diligence that was quite obviously necessary and required.

Chief Minister, what guarantees will your government give to do the necessary level of due diligence before approving future capital works projects?

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I invite the relevant minister to repeat the answer he has given previously on this.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank Mr Pratt for the question. As the Chief Minister has already indicated, this question has been answered previously. I think the real challenge for the Liberal opposition is to get through more than one question time. They are going to have to get through more than one question time—

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The question is actually about all government projects from now on and what guarantees the government will give that there will not be these failures. It is not specifically about FireLink.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister is entitled to ask a minister to answer a question.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Of course, the standing orders provide that a minister may ask another minister to answer a question, especially the Chief Minister. But the real challenge for those opposite is that they are going to have to get through more than one question time. I know they have had a litany of things here, but they are going to run out of a bit of steam if this is the approach they keep adopting. They are going to have to refresh. I think I have heard all of Mr Seselja's speeches for the past six months this question time. He is going to have to delve a bit deeper than that over the next six months. He is really going to have to go beyond his last six months of speeches.

In relation to FireLink, I have already indicated and the government has already indicated that a very extensive range of measures have been put in place to ensure that we do not see a repeat of the problems associated with that project. In particular, we have put in place measures to ensure that capital works planning is appropriately


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