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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 284..


more equitable than it is at the moment. We will continue that work. It is important work in terms of the future of this city. It is very important for the continuation of the higher quality services that we provide and that we will announce—and members will see that—in the annual budget process.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary question, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, when will stamp duty be abolished?

MS GALLAGHER: The timetable that we have outlined is a progression to reduce stamp duty over 20 years.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what will be the average rates bill per household once the tax change is fully implemented?

MS GALLAGHER: As those changes, beyond the changes that we have already announced, are announced, that detail will be provided.

Hospitals—funding

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 15 October 2012 you announced that a re-elected Labor government would allocate $250 million to continue the health infrastructure program, including the new subacute hospital. Minister, how much of that $280 million is allocated to the subacute hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: You are referring to the $250 million or $280 million?

Mr Hanson: 250 or 280—you tell me the correct amount. As I have got it, it is 250—

MS GALLAGHER: Through you, Madam Speaker, Mr Hanson asks me about a $280 million figure. I do not recall that being Labor Party policy. We made some announcements about $250 million being allocated to a range of projects and we listed the subacute hospital as one of those projects.

We are going through some of the final work that needs to be done around the proposed financing model of that hospital. Once that work is completed we would then look at how much needs to be allocated for the next stage.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how can we believe you are 100 per cent committed to the new subacute hospital when your policy statement said you will be exploring delivery models such as potential partnerships with industry?


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