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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3845 ..

MR CORBELL: Well, it is important, I think, Mr Speaker, to put the issue in some context and contrast the government's policy with that being proposed by the alternative government. But, Mr Speaker, I will abide by your ruling.

Mr Speaker, in closing, can I indicate that the government has ensured that there is more elective surgery taking place because we are spending more money and providing more surgery. We think that spending more money to provide more surgery to treat more people is a pretty commonsense thing to do. But it is important to contrast that with the approach proposed by the shadow minister for health in her statement yesterday, where she said-

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell!

MR CORBELL: Are you saying, Mr Speaker, that I cannot contrast this with the approach of the Liberal Party?

MR SPEAKER: I don't mind you contrasting it at all, Mr Corbell but, with respect, this is about the fourth time.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, the point I was about to make before you interrupted me is that Mrs Burke firstly said yesterday-

Mr Stefaniak: On a point of order. That is the fifth time now, Mr Speaker. I would ask you to sit him down.

MR CORBELL: that simply throwing money at a problem is not going to give us the outcomes we need.


MR CORBELL: She then said the money needs to be actually spent on the service given-

Mr Cornwell: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Cornwell, resume your seat.

MR CORBELL: contradicting herself, and then she admitted that she did not know what she was talking about.

MR SPEAKER: I take it that the minister has concluded his response.

Bushfires-hazard reduction

MRS DUNNE: My question is directed to the Minister for Environment. On 1 October the Minister for Police and Emergency Services participated in an attempted hazard-reduction exercise on Black Mountain in front of television cameras, despite a weather forecast that there was a high probability of rain that day. Not surprisingly, it rained and

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