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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1581..


been advocating for this proposal with the federal government. It turns out that they are not hearing that, not supporting it, ignoring it or whatever.

Mr Hanson: It wasn't shovel-ready.

MS GALLAGHER: As Mr Hanson knows, there was at no point a request for a shovel-ready provision. In terms of the capital we have spent in health, the capital we spend in public transport and the capital we spend in municipal services, if you add it all up, we are investing heavily in our capital program across the city, to build this city, because no-one else is, in case you have not noticed, Mr Smyth. Not only are they not investing in it; they are contracting. So that is what we are doing. We will spend more money on capital projects. We will spend more money on public transport, we will spend more money in health and we will more money in education, at a time when others are withdrawing and failing to invest. And your great commitment, Mr Smyth, was $2 million. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, will you develop an investment-ready case for the ACT having a new convention centre and reapproach your federal counterparts, and what will the government be doing?

MS GALLAGHER: I did not quite hear the question part of that; I heard the preamble.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, would you like to repeat the question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you develop an investment-ready case for the ACT getting a new convention centre and re-approach your federal counterparts, and what will the government be doing in addition?

MS GALLAGHER: I will not announce government executive policy. We are reconsidering all options in relation to this project, and we will continue to work in partnership with the business community, who rank it their number one priority.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what will you do to get the business case requirements ready?

MS GALLAGHER: I stand by my previous answer. It is the same answer to a similar question.

Calvary hospital—beds

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday you visited Calvary hospital and announced 24 new specialised beds. How will the addition of these beds benefit health services in the ACT?


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