Page 743 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Mr Davis: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat. Point of order.

Mr Davis: Madam Speaker, there have been five occasions, in the less than two minutes that the minister has had to answer the question, that Mr Hanson has interjected. I can’t hear the minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members that interjections are out of order. Minister, you have a few seconds left.

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you. To ensure that this work was able to address the full of range of— (Time expired.)

Canberra Hospital—expansion

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on Monday you attended the “topping out” ceremony for the critical services building. Can you update the Assembly on the significant progress that is being made in delivering the largest health infrastructure investment since self-government?

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Mr Hanson! I’m back, Mr Hanson.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: And we are very happy to have you back, Madam Speaker. I thank Dr Paterson for the question. Of course, it has been an extremely productive 12 months for the Canberra Hospital expansion, and there is still a lot to do.

It was great to attend the celebration yesterday of the topping out of the superstructure for the new critical services building. It was very clear, looking out from the helipad on level 9, that this is an incredible achievement, when you think that, just 12 months ago, we were standing on the ground level and announcing commencement of construction. It was great to celebrate this important project milestone for the largest health infrastructure project since self-government, which remains on track for opening in 2024.

It has been a huge effort. We have seen many tonnes of soil excavated to make way for the foundation piling, the new basement and new ambulance bays. Over the past six months, many in the southern parts of the ACT and those, of course, needing to attend the Canberra Hospital campus have seen the structure rising rapidly from the ground. Construction is now continuing on the building facade, the waterproofing, roofing structures and internal fit-out. The new link bridge and welcome hall across Hospital Road, connecting the new critical services building to building 2, are beginning to take shape, with a huge truss installed last month.

The Major Projects Canberra team have also continued a strong engagement program with consumers and user groups to ensure that the design across the critical services building remains consumer and user focused. It has been a real testament to all

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