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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2011) . . Page.. 746 ..


MR SPEAKER: One moment, Ms Gallagher. Two things: first of all, I can barely hear the minister’s answer, and I am not sitting very far away. Secondly, Mr Hanson, I invite you to withdraw the assertion that it was a lie.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: In the gutter again.

MR SPEAKER: One moment. Mr Stanhope, I would invite you to withdraw that, Mr Stanhope. You are aware it is unparliamentary language.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw, but it really is—

MR SPEAKER: No, sit down, Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: These serial accusations of lying really are over the top, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister! Thank you, sit down. Ms Gallagher, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I think our health election commitments outlined the very significant investments that we would like to make in relation to building our hospital system, and I think our preference for an efficient, effective, streamlined hospital system—

Oppostion members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker, All of that is detailed in a very extensive health policy that we took to the election—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Gallagher, one moment, please. Stop the clock, thank you. Members, it is not acceptable for two or three members to be interjecting across the chamber drowning out the minister at the same time. Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I seem to have that effect on those opposite. I note that, from my recollection, Mr Hanson has been on a warning almost every sitting day of this year for his unparliamentary behaviour.

Our commitments around health were very clear. In fact, they were much more comprehensive than those of the opposition who, unfortunately, did not understand that health growth and health funding actually compounded through the budget year


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