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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 23 September 2010) . . Page.. 4406 ..


Calvary Public Hospital—Copy of letter to Mr Tom Brennan, Chair, Little Company of Mary Health Care Ltd, from the Minister for Health, dated 17 September 2010.

The Deputy Chief Minister and the Minister for Health actually said that this is not the first time we have heard this speech. That is absolutely spot on the money. Every time the word “health” is mentioned, Mr Hanson pops up and gives exactly the same speech.

Mr Hanson: Not quite the same.

MR HARGREAVES: Well, I am sorry.

Mr Hanson: It is the same hospital, mate.

MR HARGREAVES: It is interesting that he says across the chamber, “It is the same hospital.” There are a couple of things I would like to say about the thing. One is that poor old Mr Hanson does not always get it right. I am sure it is with absolute innocence, but sometimes he says things which are stupid, sometimes he says things which are factually incorrect, and sometimes he says both of the above.

I would like to give three examples of where Mr Hanson actually has got it wrong. On 3 February this year on ABC Triple 6, that illustrious radio station, Mr Hanson said, “We have fewer GPs now than we had when they got into power.” Wrong. We have more. If you want to check it out, come and see us, and we will give you some more numbers. He got it wrong.

On 9 November last year, Mr Hanson’s press release said, “Nurses who are under great pressure working overtime to cover ACT Health’s 140 vacant nursing positions might ask why some of the $77 million—

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, as fascinating as Mr Hargreaves’s contribution is, he is not being relevant to the debate. The debate is actually about the referral of the issue of Calvary hospital to the health committee. It is completely irrelevant. I would ask you to ask Mr Hargreaves to be relevant to the topic.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, just continue and keep relevant.

MR HARGREAVES: Okay, thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker. The relevance is there and these people—

Mrs Dunne: A point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sit down please, Mr Hargreaves. Could you stop the clock. Mrs Dunne, what is your point of order?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Seselja made a point of order, and you made no ruling on that. I would ask you to make a ruling.


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