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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3167..


Mr Smyth: So Mr Corbell was in charge?

MS GALLAGHER: No. Mr Corbell actually cleaned up the mess of the previous government.

Mr Smyth: No.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, he did. It was the late 1990s, Mr Smyth, when you were sitting at the cabinet table and we had a rogue doctor performing on patients when he should not have been. That is how we have got to the place where we have got all of the patient safety and quality processes in place because what was lacking, along with a whole range of other health services which I have listed this morning, on your watch, Mr Smyth, when you sat around the table, has been put in place and improved since then.

We are proud—and I am proud—of the work of the patient safety and quality unit. It did not exist before because you did not want to know about it. That led to very poor quality outcomes.

Mr Smyth: Better outcomes than you.

MS GALLAGHER: No, Mr Smyth, quality outcomes that you do not ever want to talk about because you cannot accept the fact that the quality of care provided in the public health system is second to none and you have got no statistics to prove otherwise.

Budget—investment

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please update the Assembly on how the government's 2012-13 budget is investing in infrastructure?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question and advise the Assembly that the city's infrastructure, facilities and urban amenity are indeed the envy of many cities around Australia. Whilst it is easy for us to take this for granted, we must always remember that this has not come about by luck but by far-sighted and productive investment in the city's infrastructure.

The 2012-13 territory budget continues the government's proud track record of providing the infrastructure that our community deserves and expects. This budget contains record spending on the city's infrastructure—$900 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year. It includes new investments of $429 million over four years, including $212 million in the current fiscal year.

Across this budget and the forward estimates, a total of $1.7 billion has been allocated for investment in the territory's infrastructure. Since 2002-03 the government has invested more than $3 billion in infrastructure improvements. It is money that has


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