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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3595..


MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I was responding to the point of order and indicating to you that I have been under attack from these people.

MR SPEAKER: That is not the appropriate course of action for you at this point. I think you should stick to the subject matter.

MR HARGREAVES: I will try another tack, then. I observe, for Dr Foskey's information, that the ACT government does not, like those opposite, apply a hypocritical stance. We do not do that at all. We have moved, under Jon Stanhope's leadership, to do some leadership work around climate change. What we are not trying to do is put some bluff and bluster around the ineptitude and double backflip and pike by the Prime Minister, who is running along after the train of Kyoto trying to recover some sense of credibility. We are not doing that.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter.

Opposition members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Members of the opposition will remain quiet. Minister, come to the subject matter, please.

MR HARGREAVES: We have a climate change discussion paper out there. We have received the information on that, and a climate change strategy is forthcoming in the very near future. This government is doing things about climate change. We have done things about a reduction in green energy. We have significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, which we will detail at a later date. We have the runs on the board. What we are not doing is following blindly behind that absolute diving champion from the 1956 Olympics, John Howard.

Hospitals-waiting lists

MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 19 September 2006 you answered a question without notice dealing with the management of the waiting lists at the ACT's two public hospitals. In commenting on this issue, you said:

They are discussions I need to have with the surgical specialists. I am arranging that meeting very soon. In fact, in the next couple of weeks, I will be meeting them to talk through ideas they have for improvements and exploring options for contracting out some services.

Later in that same question time, you said:

I am setting up a number of meetings with doctors at the hospital in the next few weeks to talk with them about further areas where they believe improvements can be made.

Minister, have you met with the surgical specialists? If so, how many meetings have you held and what has been the outcome of these meetings?


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