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what every public service does around the country. It is very important that we stand by the principles—

Mr Hanson: And you’ll be sacked if you find someone better.

MS GALLAGHER: It is very important that we stand by those principles of merit. It is a shame that those standards of merit are not applied in jobs in the Legislative Assembly, I have to say.

Mr Hanson: It certainly is, Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: That is right, because you would not have one, Mr Hanson.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

Mr Hanson: Really? I’ve had another job—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Doszpot has the call. Mr Hanson!

Ms Gallagher: What are you worried about? You’ve got a very unhealthy obsession with my employment.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Gallagher!

Ms Gallagher: It borders on unhealthy, Mr Speaker.

MR DOSZPOT: Treasurer, I am all ears. On average, what does it cost to move and recruit an overseas person to the ACT public service?

MS GALLAGHER: We do not do any large-scale overseas recruitment to the public service. The largest one we have done is in the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support. We provided those figures to the relevant committee. In fact, I think they are published in the Canberra Times today. Have a read of them.

Health—general practitioners

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the establishment of the GP task force that was announced last week?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank Ms Porter for the question. Last week I announced that I had convened a GP task force to pull together all the work that has been done across ACT Health and has been ongoing for two years.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Those opposite are interjecting again. They are upset that they are destined to spend the next four years on the opposition benches doing nothing.

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