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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1204..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

where we should go in the future. The previous one indicated certain directions and it told us about those particular projects that we needed to fund. It was not something that was dreamt up; it was something that the community came forward and told us about in the context of the multicultural strategy. I suspect that there is a lot of that in this.

We need to understand that the document that Ms Bresnan refers to is the draft multicultural strategy. It is not the final document. In fact, we want feedback. With respect to the sorts of questions that Ms Bresnan is raising, I want those raised and brought forward to us. One of the questions that could easily be raised is: should we be allowing core funding in certain aspects of multicultural service delivery, should we be funding projects or should we be doing a combination of both and, if so, what is a reasonable amount to apply? You could also ask whether or not the fringe festival is part of the Multicultural Festival. That is a very good question, isn't it? We need to have that conversation out there in the community.

I will find out some detail. I will try to get the information back for question time tomorrow. If I do not make that, I have, with the grace of the opposition, received a pair to attend a ministerial council meeting on Thursday, so what I might do, with the Assembly's permission, is to find out the answer, have it written down and then circulate it to each member of the Assembly outside the session, if that is okay.

Hospitals—women's and children's

MR HANSON: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to cuts to the ACT budget. Minister, the women's and children's hospital was a flagship of your re-election promises. Can you guarantee that there will be no cuts to the scope, infrastructure or operating budget of the women's and children's hospital that you announced during the ACT election?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The women's and children's hospital is a $90 million project, and it remains one.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, would you like to just ask a supplementary question or are you on a point of order?

Mr Hanson: On the question I asked, I was not asking about the cost of it. I was asking whether there were any cuts proposed to the infrastructure or the operating budget.

MR SPEAKER: Why don't we take that as a supplementary question?

MS GALLAGHER: Well, it is a $90 million project. You are asking if we are cutting it and I am saying it remains a $90 million project. That means there is no cut to the project.


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