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scalpel. I hope I didn't leave it in Mrs Smith." "Did I leave a swab there?" They were checking on less than 80 per cent of occasions. They are now saying, "We have got it up to 95 per cent since then, because someone has given us a boot along, and we hope to get it to 100 per cent."

Today we have heard the minister put on record the litany of failures in the hospital system, high-level failures in the hospital system, that make people very concerned about where their tax dollar is going and how well their tax dollar is being spent in this place.

This is a shameful statement. This minister should be ashamed that she has to stand up here and put a good face on this. This report should make this minister hang her head in shame. What would happen to anyone in any other jurisdiction around the place with this sort of report? This minister is running the only major hospital in the jurisdiction. We are not a complex jurisdiction with 20 teaching hospitals and 40 outlying hospitals with bush nursing facilities and things like that. We run two hospitals and a maternal health outlet. We are about to run three hospitals and a maternal health outlet with 20 beds. This is not a complicated system, but the biggest hospital in the system has had a spectacular fail and this minister still has her job. In no other jurisdiction in this country, or across the Western world, would a minister in a Westminster system still have her job with this amount of abject failure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 10 May 2018, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.05): The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting this bill, for a number of reasons: first and foremost because it is yet another disincentive for people in our community to invest in property for the purposes of providing rental accommodation in Canberra. The funny thing is that if these provisions—and obviously I am referring specifically to the potential end of tenancy provisions—had just been implied or if they had just been placed on public housing tenancies, which would not have even had to come to this chamber, we would be well and truly in support of them but to extend them right across the private sector just seems a little odd.

We have a genuine housing affordability crisis in the ACT. We understand that there are many people who are finding it nigh on impossible to put a roof over their heads. We understand that for myriad reasons—mostly all of this government's own doing—for so many reasons many people are struggling to pay their rent. This bill seems to be the government conceding that they have a housing affordability crisis but that they are happy for mum and dad investors to carry the can.

Investors are leaving the market in great numbers. If this government continues to place speed bumps in the way of investors that trend will continue as they sell their


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