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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3517..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

VMOs accessing a public service. I accept that. They have been put to me. I know private VMOs have a different view about that. But these are not simply sides, I guess, where you can say one person is right and one side is wrong. We need to build a territory-wide maternity service that has the support of private obstetricians and public obstetricians, where they work together on a range of employment relationships, if we are to have any success in addressing some of those issues that have been noted in a few reviews over a number of years.

Mr Hargreaves: A supplementary?

Mr Hanson: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, yes.

MR HANSON: You have got to say "supplementary".

Mr Hargreaves: I wanted a supplementary.

MR HANSON: You should say it.

Mr Hargreaves: I did say it in fact, but I believe seven supplementaries is a bit much.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR HANSON: Minister, why did you not act earlier to change the culture at the Canberra Hospital, given that you have stated previously that you were aware of the 10-year war in obstetrics?

MS GALLAGHER: I can certainly say that I think everybody in this place understands some of the differences of opinion within the obstetrics community. I am not sure they are issues politicians can resolve. I did not have an approach from private doctors wanting to work in the public service until November last year. In November last year, I received four letters within two days from private obstetricians saying that they would like to work at the Canberra Hospital but they did not feel they could at that point in time due to workplace issues. I think they were the words. That was the first approach around a willingness to work but feeling unable to do so.

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

Schools—information and communications technology education

Clarification by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing): Yesterday in question time Mr Hargreaves asked me a question in relation to risks of ICT projects not being delivered in ACT schools and, in my answer, I referred to the leader of the federal Liberal Party. I have been provided with a proof Hansard that shows that I referred to the leader of the federal Liberal Party as a lowlife. I would


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