Page 2319 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 16 June 2009
MS GALLAGHER: Hang on a minute! Shock, horror, I actually want to find out whether the opposition has a view on something. Do you have a view on something? I have had four of the six questions from the opposition. I am predicting, if the strategy holds, I might get Mr Doszpot’s and Mrs Dunne’s, just maybe, on Calvary Public Hospital. I might get it.
We have got Mr Hanson interjecting that because they overdeliver on their targets they get additional money from government. Can we take, from that, that that is not what occurs at Canberra Hospital when we say their budget overruns are activity related because they are overdelivering on their targets or is that just something special that happens at Calvary Public Hospital?
Have a view on it. Stand up, be counted. It is in your electorate, Mr Coe. What do you reckon? Do you reckon it is a good idea? Do you reckon the people of the ACT should own and operate a public health asset? Do you reckon if we invest $200 million into that effort that maybe it should sit on ACT taxpayers’ books? What do you reckon? That is the challenge for you, Mr Coe. Have a view on something for once.
MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe?
MR COE: Are the concerns raised by the AMA addressed in any business plan relating to the purchase of Calvary hospital?
MS GALLAGHER: The concerns raised by Dr Jones, I believe it was in the estimates inquiry, have not been raised with me by him in subsequent meetings that I have had but I will meet with Dr Jones to talk about any concerns he has with this proposal. I am confident that, if this proposal does go ahead, the doctors at Calvary should not have any cause for any concern on service changes on that site.
Indeed, the whole aim behind the government’s willingness to purchase Calvary Public Hospital is about building up the services on the north side of Canberra, actually enhancing the services that operate at Calvary Public Hospital, because that is where they are needed. I think some of the concerns that Dr Jones has expressed at the estimates committee can be addressed and will be addressed should this sale proceed.
Canberra international airport
MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Chief Minister and concerns the consultation for the Canberra international airport 2009 preliminary draft master plan, for which submissions closed on 8 May 2009.
Can you confirm that the ACT government has made a submission to the draft master plan and, if so, why it has not been made publicly available so that the people of Canberra can learn of the ACT government’s position on the inclusion of the 24-hour freight hub in the master plan?
MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank the member for the question. Yes, the ACT government has made a submission. I think we first made a submission