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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1120 ..

MS GALLAGHER: I am not sensitive. Look, Mr Seselja, it is my 40th birthday today and I am determined not to let you guys—

Mr Hanson: Happy birthday!

Mr Seselja: Should we not ask any questions, then, Katy?

MS GALLAGHER: That would have been my preferred option but that strategy is long gone. I woke up this morning thinking about the day ahead and wondering what sort of birthday I was in for. I made a decision not to allow you to get to me today. It is 25 past two and I have done pretty well so far.

So the expectation is that I would be very happy if this building was under construction within 12 months. I expect it would be a 12-month construction period. But that is based on everything going smoothly from here in relation to the planning and further consultation processes.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question?

MR HANSON: How late is the facility?

MS GALLAGHER: It is late in the sense that in the original commitments around the adult inpatient unit we desired—you need to put it in the context of these discussions, that what we—

Mr Smyth: You need to put it in the context that you do not deliver capital works.

MS GALLAGHER: There is always context to these.

Mr Hanson: Five years? Six years?

MS GALLAGHER: Governments do not deliberately sit around and do nothing. There are always issues around—

Mr Smyth: We are beginning to doubt that about your government.


Mr Seselja: Sometimes it is sheer incompetence.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clock, please. Members, the minister is actually answering the question Mr Hanson asked. You might care to listen to her.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, she is not answering the question; she is trying to make excuses. I asked a question about how late it is—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, sit down. There is no point of order.

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