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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4402 ..


MS GALLAGHER: And the reason we should not pay for it, presumably, is that there is a service concession arrangement. So it is very good to see—

Mr Hanson: That is why we want to send it to the committee, Katy.

Mr Smyth: Give us the legal advice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, one moment, please. Members, you will have a chance to debate this in a moment.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is very good to see that the Liberals support the service concession arrangements, that they do not support any appropriation for the purchase. They do not believe that is necessary to capitalise investment.

Mr Hanson: We have not seen the advice.

MS GALLAGHER: No, you do not need to see the advice. You have already made your mind up. We know you have already made your mind up. You cannot come in here and criticise the government for almost wasting money and then not logically conclude that, from that, you agree a service concession arrangement exists. That is what you are saying. You understand that, Zed. You are not a stupid person. You understand that what Mr Hanson and you are saying—

Mr Seselja: Don’t try to get me to endorse this flawed argument.

MS GALLAGHER: No. That is exactly what you have done by coming in here—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, you can all start cackling and covering for each other while you get anxious about it. But the issue is that if you do not support expenditure, if you do not believe we need it to buy the hospital—

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I recall your words last Monday as quoted to me. I am having difficulty hearing the Minister for Health, and I am sitting fairly close to her. Could you warn them, march them or do something with them, please?

MR SPEAKER: Members, let us try to listen to Ms Gallagher. You will have an opportunity to make your points in the near future, when Ms Gallagher has finished.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. So the Liberal Party do support the service concession arrangement, and that is pleasing because there are those who oppose it, including Little Company of Mary Health Care, who do not agree with the service concession arrangement. They do believe that we should pay a sum of money,


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