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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 613..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

major investment in health infrastructure that will lead to the investment over the next five to 10 years of between $500 million and a billion dollars in recurrent capital in health within the ACT.

These are the sorts of investments that will be made, are under way, are in the pipeline or anticipated and they are the signs of a strong, buoyant economy.

Environment—climate change

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Chief Minister in his capacity as minister for climate change. Chief Minister, the Garnaut report into the impact of climate change on Australia was originally commissioned by the states and territories. Then the process was joined and seemingly somewhat swamped by the then opposition leader, now Prime Minister, Mr Rudd. I am interested in knowing how much finance the states and territories put into the process and whether you, as one of the instigators, are satisfied with the direction that the interim report indicates the professor is heading in.

Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is Dr Foskey's question asking for an expression of opinion? She said, "Are you satisfied?"

MR SPEAKER: No. I think she is asking if the Chief Minister is satisfied. I do not think that is an expression of opinion.

Mrs Dunne: I am asking for your ruling. Is that asking for an expression of opinion?

MR SPEAKER: I will just take some advice on that. Yes, I think it is seeking an expression of opinion. You might rephrase that.

DR FOSKEY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am so glad there are such vigilant members in the Assembly. I am interested to know how much finance the states and territories put into the process and whether you, Chief Minister, as one of the instigators, believe that the process is heading in the direction that you originally commissioned.

Mrs Dunne: I am sorry, Mr Speaker. That is even worse.

MR SPEAKER: I think you run into the same problem again.

Mr Stanhope: I will take that part of the question which does not seek an opinion.

DR FOSKEY: Excuse me.

MR SPEAKER: The problem is that the question is not entitled to ask for an expression of opinion. It might ask what the government's position is, if you can rephrase the question. Asking about the minister's belief—

DR FOSKEY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. They say third time lucky. Would you like me to repeat the first part again?

MR SPEAKER: Let us stop the clock until you—


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