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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4234 ..

MR STANHOPE: To the extent that actions will be implemented between now and the end of the financial year, they will be implemented in accordance with the funding allocated within the last budget. In the years immediately following that they will be implemented in accordance with the budget allocation made in each of the succeeding budgets.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my supplementary question is: part-time health minister, have you costed your health action plan?

MR STANHOPE: I have costed yours, Mr Smyth.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I have raised the issue of referring to people by their correct title. Please refrain from using incorrect titles.

MR SMYTH: I withdraw, Mr Speaker. I will ask again: minister, have you costed your action plan?

MR STANHOPE: This is the critical but constructive new Leader of the Opposition. This is the Leader of the Opposition who, on his first day in the Assembly in the job, committed his party to another $200 million of expenditure. The Leader of the Opposition, the day before his predecessor introduced into the Assembly legislation on fiscal responsibility-

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I asked about his action plan and his costings. I would ask that you remind him of that.

MR STANHOPE: Just to give some context to my costings, I will make some reference to Mr Smyth's costings. His predecessor, one of three Senate candidates within the Assembly, introduced the Costing of Election Commitments Bill. Of course, yesterday we got the first major policy statement from the shadow Minister for Health. We got a six-page document of election promises, including an injecting room and needle exchange in each of the three-

Mr Stefaniak: No, no.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Stefaniak, are you actually denying your leader? The day after he delivered his policy on health, are you suggesting that you are not going to have a needle exchange?

Mr Stefaniak: Why don't you read it, Jon? You have a selective reading disability, do you?

MR STANHOPE: Ah, backdown one. This policy initiative lasted a day. The policy didn't survive a single party meeting.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I have not asked about Liberal Party policy. I have asked about his costings on his health action plan, which I am sure we will not get an answer on, but I would dearly like you to ask him to attempt to at least answer the question.

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