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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2350 ..



means she knows she doesn't have a case and she's not prepared to have an argument because she knows she'll lose.

Mr Speaker, this budget is a strong budget for health. It delivers expanded services in mental health, in community care, in elective surgery and in dental health-strong initiatives that deliver practical, on-the-ground differences for the Canberra community.

The opposition focused a lot on this in the Estimates Committee report. In relation to some other portfolio areas-education, for example-there's hardly any commentary at all for a budget appropriation of similar size.

Ms Gallagher

: Two pages.


: Two pages, for an appropriation of nearly half a billion dollars, is all we got from the Liberal Party when it came to that department. But when it came to health, the interests of the shadow minister dominated the Estimates Committee, I'd have to say.

Mr Speaker, at the end of the day, the shadow minister hasn't been able to demonstrate exactly what it is he would do with the health budget, nor has he been able to demonstrate where the problems are. He has not been able to demonstrate what it is that the government is doing wrong, because the reality is, Mr Speaker: the government's on the right track; it's investing more in health; it's getting more outcomes; it's improving service delivery; it's making a difference for the people of Canberra; it's building our community; and it's focusing on improved health care.

This is a strong budget for health, and I commend it to the Assembly.

Mr Cornwell

: I seek leave to speak briefly, Mr Speaker, again.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders


(8.38): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Cornwell from again addressing the Assembly.

All I wish to do is respond to Mr Corbell's offer. I was refused leave to do that. Hence my reason for seeking to suspend standing orders.

Mr Corbell

: You don't need to respond to my offer. I know you've responded to my offer, you goose.

Mrs Dunne

: On a point of order: I think it's entirely inappropriate that Mr Corbell calls Mr Cornwell a goose, and I think he should withdraw it.


: If that is the case, Mr Corbell, would you withdraw that, please.

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