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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 530..


MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. If we are not going to see the improvements that the minister spoke of by 30 December this year—

MR SPEAKER: Come to the supplementary question.

MRS DUNNE: when will we see an improvement, or is there just going to be continuing cover-up for your government's mismanagement of the hospitals?

MS GALLAGHER: I have already said—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, some might say, given the virtuous pleading to me on a point of order earlier, that that might be an imputation if one was to refine it.

MS GALLAGHER: As I have already said, we have seen improvements, and I expect those improvements to be sustained. I look forward to reporting to the Assembly on those improvements, in the ways that we currently do. I look forward to receiving the congratulations of those opposite when they receive that information.

Balloon Aloft

MR PRATT: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Minister, yesterday in question time, you confirmed that the new operator of the balloon event would be paid a fee—

Mr Hargreaves interjecting—

MR PRATT: I like balloons, John.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR PRATT: I will start my question again.

MR SPEAKER: I think that would be a good idea, and it would be good if people did not interject.

MR PRATT: Minister, yesterday in question time, you confirmed that the new operator of the balloon event would be paid a fee of $10,000 for what you described as a "fee for service"and a "management fee". Minister, what services will Balloon Aloft be providing for the balloon event for that fee and will those services include ensuring public safety at the event?

Mr Hargreaves: Weren't you here? You must have been missing.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves!

MR BARR: As I indicated in my previous answer to Mr Smyth's question, and his supplementary, ad nauseam—and, yes, Mr Hargreaves, it takes a long while for fairly


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