Page 297 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 1991

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Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: The disinformation issue comes up again. You have already ordered him to withdraw it.

Mr Jensen: He did not use "disinformation"; he used "misinformation".

MR SPEAKER: That is probably acceptable. Please proceed, Mr Humphries.

MR HUMPHRIES: The facts have never got in the way of those opposite. They have sought repeatedly and unstintingly to misrepresent the situation with respect to the development of the hospital system. To give you one small example, the claim by Mr Berry that the public hospital system was going to see the closure of the accident emergency facility at Royal Canberra Hospital South was completely and utterly inaccurate.

Mrs Grassby: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Would Mr Humphries like Mr Berry to read the question again so that he knows what the answer is? The question is: How much will it cost?

MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order, Mrs Grassby.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I might remind those opposite that they asked about - - -

Ms Follett: The cost.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, they also asked about a snow job - I think that was the expression.

Ms Follett: A con job.

MR HUMPHRIES: A con job was what they asked about; they wanted to know about this con job. I am telling them about the con job. The real con job that occurs is the con job that is coming from those opposite. Mr Speaker, the amount being spent by the Government to provide the information stall at the Royal Canberra Show should be no more than the amount provided in previous years for similar endeavours. There is no special activity going on in that regard; there are no particular plans to make some kind of extravaganza out of this exercise. I will happily take on notice the question as to the exact dollar amount and return to Mr Connolly in due course.

Australian War Memorial - Admission Fee

MR STEVENSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister, Mr Kaine. Is the Chief Minister pleased to note that the iniquitous entry fee for admission to the Australian War Memorial will be withdrawn and that Canberrans and tourists will once again have the right of free entry to the memorial?

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