Page 4834 - Week 15 - Wednesday, 14 December 2005

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public officials, which is what they are after all, isn’t it? The Liberal Party have as a credo that, if you can gain some apparent advantage out of kicking a public servant, you should not hesitate to do it.

Mr Stefaniak: No, maybe just get them to do their jobs properly.

MR STANHOPE: This is another example of it.

Mr Stefaniak: Don’t you care about victims?

MR STANHOPE: You have come in here with an unsubstantiated allegation, thrown it around, laid it on the table, being completely insensitive, not taking into account the needs of the community, not consulting, basically saying that they pulled on a conference on the day VOCAL were having their AGM so that they would not even be involved, despite the fact that it was all about them—

Mr Stefaniak: Lift your game.

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order under standing order 118 (a). The Chief Minister has been advised by you several times—

MR SPEAKER: I thought for a moment that you were going to complain about Mr Stefaniak interjecting.

Mrs Burke: Maybe that as well, but it really is to the point now where the Chief Minister has overruled your ruling several times. I request you to ask him to come to the point of the question.

MR SPEAKER: I think that he was addressing the point of the question. It was about the reasons behind invitations being sent or not sent to significant people.

MR STANHOPE: I will conclude on the point that I think that it is always regrettable but it is now so predictable that you do not need to substantiate your allegations. Whenever the allegation involves a complaint or a criticism of a public servant, do not worry about substantiating it. Do not worry about the hurt that you do to the individual at whom the allegation is directed. Just put the boot in, because they are only public servants. As far as Mr Mulcahy is concerned, they do not deserve pay rises. Mr Mulcahy does not think that any public servant in the ACT deserves a pay rise, despite the fact that he has $1 billion in his books of unmet election promises. Here we have Mr Stefaniak joining him. If they are public servants, just boot them, just kick them. Who cares about public servants? The Liberal Party in the ACT certainly does not.

ANU Medical School

MR GENTLEMAN: Could the Minister for Health please update the Assembly on the progress of the establishment of the ANU Medical School at both Calvary and Canberra hospitals?

MR CORBELL: I am very pleased to provide the Assembly with some advice on progress with the new medical school facilities at the Canberra and Calvary public

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