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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1687..


MS GALLAGHER: Just a minute. Just before you get all excited—I can answer questions about my own role. But as to data investigations that are underway from Friday of last week ongoing, those matters should be directed to the Deputy Chief Minister.

Questions without notice

Canberra Hospital—emergency department data

MR SESELJA: That is leadership from the Chief Minister. My question is to the Minister for Health. On 6 December 2011 you stated in the Assembly:

The snide, constant interjections from those opposite are making serious allegations against the credibility of data used for health reporting. Mr Hanson just accused us of fiddling the data to make it look good ...

Minister, do you accept that what Mr Hanson stated in December was true—that there were serious concerns regarding the credibility of the data? And will you apologise to this Assembly and to the people of Canberra for providing data that was hopelessly compromised?

MS GALLAGHER: I am very happy to answer that question. In relation to the quotation from Mr Hanson, I would say he interjects and accuses any other member that is not in the Liberal Party of fiddling everything. So I do not think that interjection is a surprise. My further comment is that if Mr Hanson knew in December that ED data was being fiddled and he had evidence of that then what has he been doing?

Mr Hanson: I put a question on notice to you.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Hanson, what have you been doing? We heard this morning that Mr Hanson is now saying that he was the one who uncovered the data anomaly.

Mr Hanson: Potentially, yes.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, let us just work through this. So he identified it. He then asked a series of questions. Then what else did you do, Mr Hanson? What else did you do? Supposedly you knew matters at Calvary that nobody else knew, and what did you do? Nothing. So you did nothing in December, you did nothing when you were raising concerns on the question on notice. You did nothing about Calvary. I think there is more for you to answer in that.

Mr Hanson: Am I the minister?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not write your dorothys. Mr Seselja's question is: if Jeremy Hanson was right, why aren't I now acknowledging that? It is because in December there were the usual snide, ridiculous interjections from Mr Hanson—

Mr Hanson interjecting—


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