Page 401 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 4 March 2008

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MS GALLAGHER: not one idea for the future, not one single idea around health for the future.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: This government is doing all the work around that. We have a plan for the future and it builds on the work that we have done over the last six years, the last six years of hard work—

Mr Smyth: Three health ministers.

Mrs Burke: $800 million funding.

MS GALLAGHER: in regaining our health system to a level where it should have been funded, where it was not funded by those opposite—

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: a workforce that is adequately paid, a workforce that chooses to come and work here, delivering the best public health system in the country.

Mr Smyth: You said in the world last week.

MS GALLAGHER: We should be talking up our public health system, not talking it down like you opposite do, because we have the best system in the country—and you know it!

Mr Smyth: Now answer the question.

MS GALLAGHER: If you were going to get sick anywhere in the world, you would want to get sick in the ACT because of the way the public hospital systems would look after you.

Mr Smyth: If it’s the best, then answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, cease interjecting!

Canberra international airport

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Chief Minister and is in regard to control over airport activities. The Assembly is well aware that the Canberra airport was once required to conform to planning requirements of the National Capital Authority but now, like all our major airports, is answerable only to the department of transport. Criticism of the massive impact of unlimited airport development here in Canberra has been echoed by state governments and local governments all around the country. What action has the Chief Minister taken to raise this issue of uncontrolled airport development with his federal colleagues and is he recommending that the Canberra airport be brought into the ACT planning regime?

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