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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5172..


MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and the public mental health services are working with the community mental health services in this area as well. It is true that a number of people coming through refugee and asylum seeker placements are people who have experienced trauma in their lives and require additional assistance with their health needs. We are taking it seriously and working with organisations to make sure we can meet the needs of that community.

Motor vehicles—registration

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, it was reported in the Canberra Times on Saturday, 22 October that you had claimed that the recent policy announcement by the opposition to remove the surcharge for car registration under 12 months would cost $10 million annually. Minister, the answer to question on notice No E11-193 states that the total revenue derived from this charge in 2009-10 was in fact $4,549,410. Minister, on what basis did you make your claim of $10 million annually, and will you table the costings documents or other advice that you based your comments on before the close of business today?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, earlier today you ruled my question out of order on the basis that the Chief Minister was not responsible for opposition policy. This question is directly about opposition policy.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Hargreaves. The Chief Minister is reported as having made comments, and I think she can answer for those comments she is reported to have made.

MS GALLAGHER: I can. With respect to the comments I made, in the interview I gave I did draw to the attention of the journalist that I had not been invited to the Liberal Party fundraiser at the Press Club, so I had not been privy to the details—

Mrs Dunne: Relevance, Mr Speaker.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, I am getting to it. You have asked the question. We had not been invited. We had not been given the policy documents. We had not been given any costings. We had not been given any detail.

Mr Seselja: So did you make it up?

MS GALLAGHER: No. So I was providing comment that—

Mr Smyth: It sounds like it.

MS GALLAGHER: The context of those comments was that, without the specific detail, this could be a commitment that exceeded $10 million. Without that detail, I made it clear to the journalist that that was an approximate figure.

Mr Smyth: Oh, approximate!

MS GALLAGHER: And we still do not have the details.


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