Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 510..
Answer to question on notice
Question No 13
MR HANSON: In accordance with standing order 118A, I seek an explanation as to why the Minister for Health has not answered question No 13 listed on the notice paper.
Ms Gallagher: Is that about ward space?
Mr Hanson: Yes, it is.
MS GALLAGHER: That question has come to me three times. I have just made another correction today in question time with respect to a spelling error, and it should be with you later this afternoon.
MR HANSON (Molonglo): I seek leave to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: The member may proceed.
MR HANSON: I believe that I was misrepresented by the Minister for Health on 4 February in statements that she made to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She asserted that comments I had made previously that the Health and Treasury portfolios required the attention of a separate minister were sexist. I utterly reject the allegations and I publicly called for the minister to retract her comments. As she alluded to before, I have written a letter, which I will seek to table in the Assembly, asking her to retract those comments. I seek leave to table that letter.
Leave not granted.
MR HANSON: I will seek to suspend standing orders to—
Mr Stanhope: I must say I was not quite sure what it was that the member was proposing to table. I withdraw my objection to its tabling.
MR HANSON: I table the following paper:
Alleged sexist comments—Media statement by the Treasurer and Minister for Health—Copy of letter to Ms Gallagher (Minister for Health) from Mr Hanson, dated 4 February 2009.
As I said, I have asked for the minister publicly to retract the comments, and I have written to her. As yet I have received no response. Unfortunately, because she has refused to retract those comments—
Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I understood this was a personal explanation about having been misrepresented in this place.