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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 October 2010) . . Page.. 4733 ..


MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you consider that the Canberra Hospital should be eligible for additional funding under this scheme, and what will you do to advocate on behalf of the Canberra Hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: I have just answered that. I am not going to pick the Canberra Hospital over Calvary hospital or, indeed, some of the community health programs we run. Do I think the ACT health system as a whole deserves to have access to some of that funding? Yes, I do. Have I made those representations known? Yes, I have. I hope that we are successful. For once, it would be nice if those opposite actually supported the government on something, supported the work that we are doing, and perhaps lobbied a few people and got themselves involved in trying to deliver an outcome to the people of the ACT, instead of sitting there, carping and hoping that we are not doing our job so that you can whack out a media release.

This issue is too important. This needs the whole of the Assembly to buy into the fact that we are a provider of health services to the regional community. Our health community is premised on 660,000 people, of whom 25 to 30 per cent do not live within our borders.

Mr Hanson: What have you got for us?

MS GALLAGHER: They are the arguments that I will be putting forward around why the ACT community should benefit from funds which are tagged for regional Australia.

Mr Hanson: What have you secured for us, Katy?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I have already indicated my expectations about interjections. You are now warned as well.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when do you expect an outcome from this application process for regional hospital funding and how much do you expect?

MS GALLAGHER: That will be determined by the commonwealth. It is their grants program.

Water—Murray-Darling Basin

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. Minister, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has issued a guide to the proposed Murray-Darling Basin plan, which proposes significant reductions in sustainable diversion limits for the use of water in the ACT. The guide was issued following a long process involving the issuing of a concept statement, followed by issues papers, technical reports and stakeholder meetings. The ACT government is a


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