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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (23 September) . .

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MR CORBELL: Quarterly reports will continue to be released.

Mr Smyth: What, half yearly, three-quarterly, annually, two-thirds?

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: They won't, Madam Speaker, I suppose would be the response. But, minister, do the unreleased reports for 2015 continue to show that ACT hospitals have the longest emergency department waiting times in Australia?

MR CORBELL: I think the challenges facing our health system are well known. My commitment remains to continue to see that information is publicly released.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, do Canberrans deserve to know the reality of any poor performance of ACT public hospitals during 2015?

MR CORBELL: I refer Mrs Jones to my previous answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, why is the report not online?

MR CORBELL: It is not clear to me why the report is not online but I will be happy to seek clarification from the directorate and provide it to the member.

China-Australia free trade agreement

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister and Minister for Economic Development. Chief Minister, on 2 September you sent a tweet saying, "The Australia-China preferential trade agreement will be good for Canberra exporters." However, on 12 August 2015 you voted against my motion condemning the CFMEU for their vehemently anti-Chinese advertising campaign. How do you reconcile your statement of support for the trade agreement with China on 2 September with your vote against my motion on 12 August?

MR BARR: Mr Smyth, your motion was a blatant political gesture. I am talking about the substance of free trade—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson! I do not want to warn you quite so early in question time, but I will.

MR BARR: and I am always pleased to back good public policy but that is unlikely to come from the shadow treasurer.


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