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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4731..


Mr Smyth: It is modest.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth!

MS GALLAGHER: But it is interesting to know that those opposite do not support the change of use charge as it exists—

Mr Smyth: 185 per cent; dead right.

MS GALLAGHER: do not support the law that I presume that Mr Smyth voted on—

Mr Smyth: Modest; go and check my record.

MS GALLAGHER: and that what he actually wants is for us to ignore that law and not return the right amount of revenue to the community for the provision of services to the community by the ACT government.

Mr Smyth: So it is only modest.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, you are warned for continuing intervention when I asked for some silence for the Treasurer to be heard. Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, how much will the rectification of the change of use charge add to the already very high average rents in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: The change of use charge should not impact on the price of rents in the ACT.

Mr Seselja: You are kidding.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, it should not.

Hospitals—funding

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the Prime Minister recently announced that the commonwealth would be spending $1.8 billion on funding for regional health. Despite the Prime Minister using the Canberra Hospital as the backdrop to the announcement, it has been revealed that the Canberra Hospital will not actually be receiving any funding. Minister, who gave approval for the Prime Minister to use the Canberra Hospital as a backdrop for this announcement and were they aware at the time that the Canberra Hospital will not be receiving any additional funding?

MS GALLAGHER: I gave approval for the Prime Minister to attend the hospital, as I have with previous Liberal federal governments. In fact, I do not know that we actually approve it, because they are a part-funder of the hospital and, therefore, there are some—

Mr Seselja: You just said you did approve it.


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