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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 317 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: You have asked your question, Mr Hanson; sit down. I’ve given you far too much time on that. The minister has concluded.

Mrs Jones: On the question from Mr Hanson, does the chair have an answer so that he will be got back to or is that question not to be taken seriously?

MADAM SPEAKER: As far as I am concerned, a backbencher is entitled to ask a minister a question. The minister will answer it. If anyone wants to provide a heads-up—for want of a better word—or not that is entirely a matter for anyone. But if there is no standing order, I am not going to interfere.

Mr Hanson: There you go. All very cosy, isn’t it? All very cosy.


Mr Hanson: Hold that government to account, guys. Well done.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! The next time you will be warned.

MS BERRY: I was just going to note that it would have been no surprise that I would be asked questions from Yerrabi members of the Assembly on the Gungahlin pool, because I know there is significant interest in that. It is no surprise to me that Mr Davis would ask about Tuggeranong sports facilities. It’s no surprise that Mr Hanson would ask me about education as well. We get all kinds of questions from everyone in this place.

Mr Hanson: Are you saying you didn’t get a heads-up?

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, please. Can everyone resume their seats and we will move on with question time.

Mr Hanson: You didn’t get a heads-up?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I said you would be warned. You are now warned. There is a new question. Ms Orr has the floor.

Budget—health funding

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister update the Assembly on the ACT government’s additional funding to support our public health response to COVID-19?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Orr for her ongoing interest, which I am sure we all have, in the response to COVID-19. To date, with the support of Canberrans and our fantastic health staff, the ACT government has managed an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are acutely aware that the pandemic has no current end date, and the situation can change quickly, both in the ACT and across the country. That is why, through this year’s budget, the government is providing

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