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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1526 ..


MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what are the most significant health projects that have been delayed that are contributing to the underspend?

MS GALLAGHER: I should say, and I did say this yesterday, that the underspends do not necessarily mean that the projects have not progressed or are not on time; it simply means that there have been changes to the invoicing arrangements for one reason or another. Mr Hanson can laugh at that, never having handled or managed any serious projects. He finds that funny.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MS GALLAGHER: Oh dear; I have upset him. There is that glass jaw. We have got you, Mr Hanson.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members!

Mr Hanson: I assure you that some defence projects are about triple that, Ms Gallagher, and I was very proud to see them delivered on time and on budget.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to let Mr Hanson come in. I am sure that maybe in the adjournment debate—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Gallagher, do you want to continue?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Maybe in the adjournment debate we will be able to hear about all those serious projects, Mr Hanson. We will look forward to that. But the glass jaw has lived up to its reputation. I will wait for the letter about how hurt your feelings are. That will be coming later this afternoon.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, the question, thank you.

MS GALLAGHER: ACT Health is doing a fantastic job in delivering the capital works program. The neurosurgery suite is coming along fantastically, as is the surgical assessment and planning unit. The new beds on MAPU, the surgical short stay, have been opened. The mental health assessment unit is due to open later this month. The walk-in clinic is due to open on time in May. All of these projects have been managed on time and on budget. The car park will be physically finished in December.

Mrs Dunne: Which ones aren’t we going to do? That is the question.

MS GALLAGHER: Mrs Dunne, you will have your time. I am answering the question. I am putting some context around it. I am putting some context around the campaign that you will want to run against ACT Health and the wonderful achievements that that department has made in the last year. (Time expired.)


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