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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (13 May) . .

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Let us put the politics aside and say, "No, we all agreed in this place repeatedly that we need to build for the future of our health system." We need 200 beds, plus outpatient facilities, plus those day spaces, as they call them. That was what was agreed. That was what the community was told. And that is what we will deliver.

If those opposite will not, if they are going to break their promise, if they are going to break their pledge and if they are going to prioritise light rail over the health system, that is their decision, and they will pay the price. They will pay the price at the ballot box, because I can assure you, Madam Speaker, that what the people of Canberra want is a good health system. What the people of Canberra want is a priority placed on health. What the people of Canberra want is adequate bed numbers. They do not want spin. They do not want lies. And ultimately they have to pay for it.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, Mr Hanson accuses me directly and the government indirectly of lying. It is unparliamentary and he needs to be asked to withdraw.

MR HANSON: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I said the community do not want lies. If Mr Corbell takes that as offensive and thinks that he has been lying, that is an assumption. What I said is that the community do not want lies.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, it is a direct implication.

MR HANSON: I did not say Mr Corbell is a liar. I simply said the community does not want lies. That is a debating point. He may think the community does want lies. I do not think they do. It was not a direct implication. It was a debating point to say the community do not want lies. If he has taken that to mean him, that is not my fault.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before Mr Corbell rose to take a point of order, I was contemplating—because I had heard the word "lies", and I was listening to the debate—whether it was unparliamentary. I think it is a near thing. Mr Hanson, you did not directly say that Mr Corbell lied, but I think that there is an implication and I will ask you to withdraw.

MR HANSON: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.19): I move the amendment to Mr Hanson's motion that has been circulated in my name:

Omit all words after "That this Assembly", substitute:

"(1) notes that:

(a) the development of the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) reflects planning processes that have extended over a five year period;


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