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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3827 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

preoccupied. Once you get to this out of the way, are you going to start working on policies-once you get the Senate out of the way; once Mrs Dunne gets her leadership challenge against the deputy leader out of the way on Friday? Is it actually a challenge against the deputy leader or a challenge against the leader?

Once we get these things out of the way, when will you give us a policy? When will we see the first policy from this opposition? When will we see one policy from this opposition? What will it be in relation to? What will be the first policy to come from this idle, lazy, policy-free area? Mr Stefaniak, will you give us a policy? Mr Cornwell, will you give us one? Mr Pratt, have you got any? Have you got a single policy in you? Have any of you got a single policy in you?

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question, and I do hope that the Minister for Health does not need to go to accident and emergency to get a powder for whatever his condition is. But, seeing as he has not answered the question, I will ask it again. What concrete steps have you taken to address the problem highlighted by the head of emergency medicine, Dr Drew Richardson?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a question fully answered cannot be renewed.

MRS DUNNE: Yes, but it hasn't been fully answered. It hasn't even been partly answered.

MR SPEAKER: Let me defend myself here. The question has been fully answered and, unless you want it fully answered again, I would just resume my seat. I mean, that is just a repeat of the original question, and it has been fully answered.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: I have asked a specific, concrete-

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Resume your seat.

Mrs Dunne: There was a point of order taken by Mr Corbell. On the on the point of order: there was a specific question: what concrete steps have been taken? It has not been answered, partially or even in an infinitesimal way, and I would like an answer to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Well, I've got to say, from where I sit it sounded as though it was answered pretty fully, and the question will not be renewed.

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The initiatives that the Chief Minister refers to, of course, were all taken before Dr Richardson announced his findings.

MR SPEAKER: What's that got to do with this?

Mr Smyth: Well, because the question specifically asked: having had the benefit of Dr Richardson's report, what will you do now?

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