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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 604..


MS GALLAGHER: I take full responsibility for the fantastic new women's and children's hospital that will be completed in a couple of months. I am sure the Canberra community will have their view on that when they get in and have a look at just how fantastic it is. And do you know what I guess? I have a sneaking suspicion that Mr Hanson might be busting with excitement to get to that opening, to be out the front to associate himself with a project that he has had absolutely nothing to do with but bag it from the beginning.

MR HARGREAVES: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: To the Chief Minister: did the government get unanimous support from this chamber for the budget provision for the women and children's hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: I think we had the Greens' support and I think, as usual, we have had opposition for opposition's sake.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: We will see you there at the opening, with your big grin, no doubt trying to get a photo with a nurse in uniform for your new newsletter or something. We will wait for that. We look forward to it. But, yes, I will be there, reminding people that you voted against it. You voted against women and children having access to the best facilities that a hospital could provide.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: There is the Liberal Party opposing it, and there I will have all the media releases you have put out bagging the project. There it is, Mr Hanson, on the record: absolutely no policy from the shadow health spokesperson for, what is it now, nearly 31/2 years—no ideas, no vision. And whilst you are there doing that, we will get on with building and reshaping the entire system.

ACTION bus service—network

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and is in regard to bus services. Minister, Crace has been marketed by the government as a sustainable suburb and close to the city. Given this and the fact that it is on the Barton Highway on the way to Nicholls and Hall, what is being done to establish sustainable travel patterns early in the occupation of the new suburb, especially considering that the population is now approximately 500 and growing daily?

MS GALLAGHER: I am just trying to recall the last brief I saw on this. My recollection is that there are some changes to the network which will become operational in about May this year, and I believe Crace is one of the suburbs that will be involved with some of those changes. I am happy to bring that back to the


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