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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3229..

Mr Smyth: Too bad.

MS MacDONALD: so she will not be able to. I think that is unfortunate because I would like to have had a bit more a discussion about this issue. I think it is important.

Mr Smyth: It is important.

MS MacDONALD: Firstly, I thank Mr Smyth for contributing to the discussion.

Mr Smyth: A pleasure.

MS MacDONALD: I would have to say, though, that it would be nice for a change, especially on the subject of health, if Mr Smyth were not always Mr Negative.

Mr Smyth: No, I am not always negative. I spoke glowingly about the Howard government.

MS MacDONALD: I am sorry, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: The Howard government achievements are spectacular.

MS MacDONALD: That is the way you come across to me; it is certainly the way that many people perceive you when you speak. You are actually quite a negative person-

Mr Smyth: I think that might apply to you, Karin.

MS MacDONALD: when it comes to the issue of health. Anybody would think from the comments that you make about health that we were all in a terrible state of health and that the ACT's health system is sadly lacking.

Mr Smyth: Point out where I said that, Ms MacDonald. You have got to tell the truth.

MS MacDONALD: It would be a pleasant change, Mr Smyth, if you could look at the sunny side for a change.

Mr Smyth: It would be a pleasant change if you were factual.

MS MacDONALD: Mr Smyth, I hope that Ms Gallagher managed to answer all your questions.

Mr Smyth: No, she did not. Read the report.

MS MacDONALD: I made the effort to go to the minister's office, but I have to say that I did not scuttle. I do not scuttle.

Mrs Dunne: Did you scurry?

MS MacDONALD: I did not scurry either. I leave that to field mice, Mrs Dunne.

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