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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4198..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: On Tuesday of the last sitting week, you made a ruling in relation to expressions of opinion being within order and so I think that this question is clearly in order: it is a question about the government's education policy, which the minister is quite happy to talk about on any number of occasions. Mr Doszpot is asking whether there has been an expansion of that policy.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson and Mr Coe, you are both warned. I asked for some quiet while we were dealing with the point of order. It is only the first day back in the sitting week, and you are constantly interjecting. I am seeking to raise the standard of question time, and you are both on a warning. And I intend to carry the warnings through question time this week, just to be perfectly clear. There is no point of order. Whilst I think the wording of Mr Doszpot's question was close, I think the question is clear. I call the Minister for Education.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: I am sorry, Mr Speaker. While you were deliberating, the time has run out. Is it possible to set the clock and start again?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you, Mr Smyth, it has taken a long time. We will give Mr Barr a minute of time to answer this.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will not need a minute. I think that the question reflects very poorly on the questioner. It largely reflects the paucity of policy development on the Liberal Party benches, and, Mr Speaker, it is indeed a very sad reflection on the state of debate in this chamber today.

Canberra Hospital—neurosurgery suite

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister outline the benefits to the ACT of the new neurosurgical interoperative magnetic resonance imaging suite opened at the Canberra Hospital on Friday?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. This is certainly a development and improvement for services at the Canberra Hospital which will benefit the ACT community and surrounding region. It is a development and a project that has been delivered on time and on budget, which this community should be, and will be, very proud of. This is the latest technology being available in our hospital for our community and for surrounding New South Wales. There are only 37 hospitals worldwide that have this sort of technology. We are now one of just four hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region to have the IMRIS neuro available for our community for those very difficult neurosurgery operations.

The benefit of the neuro suite is that a patient undergoing complex neurosurgery at Canberra Hospital with one of our very skilled neurosurgeons can be operated on and


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