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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3182..


MR COE: Minister, were you advised prior to 27 April that this relationship existed or were you only made aware on the day of the press conference?

MR BARR: I was aware that the Chief Minister's relative worked within the health system. That I was aware of. As to the further details of that, no, I do not have that knowledge of the inner workings of the health department.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, did you provide any advice to the Chief Minister between 21 April, when the executive admitted responsibility, and 27 April on how the Chief Minister should handle the conflict-of-interest issue?

MR BARR: The Chief Minister did discuss with me the potential for a conflict of interest and indicated that it would be appropriate for me to oversight the investigation. I accepted that advice.

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker. The question was: "Did the minister provide any advice to the Chief Minister?"—not the reverse, as in what he has answered.

MR BARR: I have answered the question.

MR SPEAKER: Nothing further to add? Mr Hargreaves with a supplementary.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, is it appropriate that the supervising minister should know every detail pertaining to an investigation under that minister's responsibility?

MR BARR: Could you repeat the question?

MR HARGREAVES: Is it appropriate that a supervising minister on an investigation should be made aware of every detail pertaining to that investigation before it is concluded?

MR BARR: Obviously not before it is concluded.

Health—investment

MS PORTER: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. Can you please detail the investments your government has made to date through the health infrastructure program and how this is benefiting the community?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. In May 2008 I announced a $1 billion commitment to a 10-year program of capital works that is now known as the health infrastructure program. To date the ACT government has committed $685 million to a range of high quality health infrastructure projects as part of that program.


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