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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (12 May) . .

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MR CORBELL: on the public record, those were the facts, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: The member's time has expired. Please sit down. A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, what benefits has the University of Canberra identified as arising from this facility?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the supplementary. The University of Canberra have identified a broad range of opportunities that come from this investment. They recognise that a subacute facility that delivers capability for both overnight beds and day beds is the subacute facility that they need for the training of their staff—for the training of nurses, for the training of allied health staff.

What I find remarkable is that on 26 February last year the then minister made very clear in an answer in this place that the hospital will comprise 140 overnight patient beds and 75 day places or 75 day beds. That was a year ago. The University of Canberra knows what the composition was, but where was Mr Hanson a year ago—or in 2013—

Mr Smyth: So where does the 250 come from?

MR CORBELL: when he asked a question on notice and was told—

Mr Smyth: Or are you misleading the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: that there would be a mix of overnight and day beds.

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: I withdraw, Madam Speaker, but the minister might like to correct the record. He is now—

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: I withdraw.

MR CORBELL: The facts are, Madam Speaker, that the Leader of the Opposition has been caught out, because he knew, and was told in answer to a question on notice on 2013—and he knew from the answer given by the Minister for Health in this place in February last year—that the 200 beds would be a mix of overnight beds and day beds. He has ignored that. He has grossly ignored that. He is fabricating a claim that he knows to be untrue—

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw.

MR CORBELL: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.


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