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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . .

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These cuts in the ACT led to a $250 million shortfall in health funding over four years and more than $600 million in the longer term. To add further to the injury here in the ACT, the ACT was the only jurisdiction to have a cut in health funding—an absolute cut in health funding—from the commonwealth between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

But, again, this government stepped up to ensure that funding was provided and that our hospitals did not descend into chaos. We met the funding gap to ensure that sick Canberrans did not suffer at a time when they needed the most care. What we have is a very clear contrast between the two parties on health, on education, on jobs and on the environment. On this federal budget day we will know very clearly where the two parties stand on issues that matter to Canberrans and to Australians.

The social Darwinism of those opposite, the hardline conservative positions of the Canberra Liberals, will once again come to the fore.

Trade unions—memorandum of understanding

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, were the tenderers for stage 1 of capital metro vetted by UnionsACT or an affiliated union under the memorandum of understanding?

MR CORBELL: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what part did Labor powerbrokers such as Dean Hall or Alex White play in the tender process for stage one of the capital metro project?

MR CORBELL: None.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what role did Unions ACT or any of their member unions have in this tender process?

MR CORBELL: I refer the member to my previous answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Were the tenderers, the two final tenderers, provided with the MOU and told that they would have to comply with any components of it?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

Canberra Hospital—oxygen supply

MADAM SPEAKER: Questions without notice. Ms Lawder.

Opposition members interjecting—


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