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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 399..


MS GALLAGHER: This government has a proud record on health. It is not a record—

Mr Stanhope: 114 beds closed under Brendan Smyth. Shame!

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: those opposite like to listen to but we have a very proud record on health.

Mr Smyth: 200 beds—shame on you.

MS GALLAGHER: We have delivered a significant increase—

Mr Stanhope: That's a lie and you know it.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: to the health budget over our—

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The minister is accusing members here of lying. He should withdraw.

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Smyth claimed that the Labor Party closed 200 beds.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister—

Mr Stanhope: Mr Smyth has to withdraw that absolute lie. The Labor Party did not close 200 beds.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Interjections across the floor are disorderly, and name calling does not assist either. I am not quite sure what was said in the interjection but if there was some name calling it ought to be withdrawn.

Mr Seselja: There was just then; he repeated it.

Mr Smyth: You have to withdraw, Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I said it was a lie that the Labor Party closed 200 hospital beds; we did not. That is what I said. I said, "That's a lie."I said, "The claim that we closed 200 beds is a lie,"and that is the truth.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not allow that sort of language in this place. Just withdraw it.


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