Page 3329 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 20 August 2008

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Ms Gallagher: How are you going to do it? How are you going to bulk-bill? How are you going to do it?

MR SESELJA: Ms Gallagher is getting very fired up. She is very defensive here.

Ms Gallagher: Well, tell us how you are going to do it.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR SESELJA: We are going to and we have funded it fully, and what it is—

Ms Gallagher: How? No, you haven’t.

Mr Stanhope: Bulk-billing, is it?

Ms Gallagher: Is it bulk-billing?

MR SESELJA: We have. As opposed to your promises, ours are funded. We actually say where it is coming from and we actually say how it is going to be spent.

Ms Gallagher: Pratty says it is bulk-billing the ACT government.

Mr Stanhope: Bulk-billing the ACT government? Oh, it’s a new policy!

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister will cease interjecting.

MR SESELJA: Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister is just as embarrassed as the health minister.

Mr Stanhope: It is bulk-billing.

Mr Pratt: You won’t bulk-bill. We will.

MR SPEAKER: Stop, Mr Pratt. Order! Sit down, please, Mr Seselja. The house will come to order. Mr Seselja has the floor. Please hear him in silence. Mr Seselja, direct your comments through the chair.

Mr Stanhope: On his nine-hour policy.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope! I have ordered you to cease interjecting. Stop, please.

MR SESELJA: Indeed. Thank you, Mr Speaker. So what we have here is a plan that will actually go to the heart of where some of the gaps are in the delivery of health services in the ACT. We know that west Belconnen is an area that is particularly under-serviced by GPs. We have seen that and we have seen this government’s refusal to actually put in the extra couple of hundred thousand dollars that are needed for the west Belconnen health clinic to get off the ground.

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