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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2072..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

that she will one day, post the 2008 election, actually pretend to be able to operate in the position of a health minister.

Mr Seselja: She is nasty now. We like friendly Katy.

Mr Smyth: Go back to friendly Katy.

Mr Seselja: Come on. Give us friendly Katy.

MR SPEAKER: The warnings have been issued.

MS GALLAGHER: This is not just about new buildings; this is about new technologies; it is about creating a workforce for the future. In the past 18 months we have had over 40 new doctors come—and choose to come—to work in our public hospital system. Those opposite say that our public hospital system is one of the worst in the country. How could that possibly be when we are attracting more doctors here than probably any other hospital in the country? It simply does not add up.

In the next few months, we will be opening the new linear accelerator at the Canberra Hospital, a completely new radiation oncology area. We have got a new MRI at Canberra Hospital. We have funded youth step-up, step-down facilities in mental health. We have got the adult step-up, step-down facility opening soon. And, more importantly, we have a plan for the future—a 10-year plan with $300 million to kick it off this year, a plan that will exceed $1 billion by the time it is finished. I look forward to the speeches that I am going to hear today—the opposition copying our policy and doing the sensible and right thing.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 1987

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I wish to ask the Attorney-General a question under standing order 118A. I refer to question No 1987 placed on notice paper No 132 on 1 April 2008, to which an answer was to be provided by 1 May 2008. Notice paper No 142 dated 25 June indicates that the question remains unanswered. I am not aware of any explanation or statement from the attorney as to why an answer has not been provided and I now ask the attorney for such explanation or statement.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I must apologise to Mr Stefaniak. I was not aware the answer to that question was outstanding and I will endeavour to get that to him by the close of business today.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Reports—

No 1/2008—Chris21 Human Resource Management System—Procurement and Implementation, dated 12 May 2008.


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