Page 510 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 10 February 2009

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Answer to question on notice

Question No 13

MR HANSON: In accordance with standing order 118A, I seek an explanation as to why the Minister for Health has not answered question No 13 listed on the notice paper.

Ms Gallagher: Is that about ward space?

Mr Hanson: Yes, it is.

MS GALLAGHER: That question has come to me three times. I have just made another correction today in question time with respect to a spelling error, and it should be with you later this afternoon.

Personal explanation

MR HANSON (Molonglo): I seek leave to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: The member may proceed.

MR HANSON: I believe that I was misrepresented by the Minister for Health on 4 February in statements that she made to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She asserted that comments I had made previously that the Health and Treasury portfolios required the attention of a separate minister were sexist. I utterly reject the allegations and I publicly called for the minister to retract her comments. As she alluded to before, I have written a letter, which I will seek to table in the Assembly, asking her to retract those comments. I seek leave to table that letter.

Leave not granted.

MR HANSON: I will seek to suspend standing orders to—

Mr Stanhope: I must say I was not quite sure what it was that the member was proposing to table. I withdraw my objection to its tabling.

Leave granted

MR HANSON: I table the following paper:

Alleged sexist comments—Media statement by the Treasurer and Minister for Health—Copy of letter to Ms Gallagher (Minister for Health) from Mr Hanson, dated 4 February 2009.

As I said, I have asked for the minister publicly to retract the comments, and I have written to her. As yet I have received no response. Unfortunately, because she has refused to retract those comments—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I understood this was a personal explanation about having been misrepresented in this place.

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