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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2363 ..

staff, doctors should be indeed prioritising their surgery. They should be given a date and the surgery should be conducted. But it should still remain a category 1 patient. That would then give us a true indication of the statistics and what number of category 1 patients are being operated on within the 30-day prescribed period, rather than adjusting it so that they actually meet the criteria within the books for category 2.

It might sound rather technical—

Mr Stanhope: It sounds dishonest, to me.

MR HANSON: This is an important matter. ACT Health is—

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister cannot call Mr Hanson dishonest. I would ask you to ask him to withdraw.

Mr Stanhope: Actually he is repeating and actually illustrating his lack of knowledge and understanding and his ignorance of a letter.

Mr Seselja: Sorry, he can withdraw. It is not up to him to debate it, Mr Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: It is simply dishonest to make the claims he is making in relation to that letter, simply dishonest.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I do not believe he called Mr Hanson personally dishonest.

Mr Stanhope: Dishonest interpretation.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you have the floor. Continue.

MR HANSON: Thanks, Mr Speaker. The question is: has the minister misled the community? The question is: has she misled the Assembly? And I think that based on the evidence—

Mr Stanhope: The question is: have you misled the Assembly? Are you misleading the Assembly now?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope, that is quite enough.

MR HANSON: I think that, based on the evidence that we see here tonight, these are serious questions that must be answered.

Mr Stanhope: You are misleading the Assembly now.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, he has got to withdraw that, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: It sounded like a mislead to me.

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