Page 4823 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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MS PORTER: Thank you. Minister, why is it important that this investment in water security is made in the ACT?

Mr Hanson: On a point of order on relevance, Mr Speaker: the line of questioning has been about the Deloitte report specifically. The question Ms Porter asked was not about the Deloitte report at all.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter, I believe your question was about water security in general. Would you like to reframe your question?

MS PORTER: My question was about the financial investment and why it is important.

MR SPEAKER: Can you repeat your question.

MS PORTER: Minister, why is this financial investment in water security—that is, the dam—important to the ACT?

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry; that question is out of order. The matter being explored is the issue around the Deloitte report. We have to have some focus in the follow-up questions.

Canberra Hospital—tuberculosis exposure

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and is in relation to the recent case of tuberculosis exposure in the postnatal ward of the Canberra Hospital. Minister, on ABC radio yesterday morning, the Chief Health Officer advised that a possible breach of hospital policy was being investigated when he said, “Whether there was some problem is something that does require investigation and that’s happening now.” Later that day, the ABC reported you as saying that “there was no breach of policy” and that “there is no overall review into the policy allowing partners to stay overnight”. Minister, what is the hospital policy, was it breached in this instance, is it being investigated and will you apologise to the people affected?

MS GALLAGHER: Obviously the shadow minister for health cannot wait until after question time, when the Assembly is debating these very issues.

Mr Seselja: You didn’t bother to come down for the first part, but answer the question then.

MS GALLAGHER: The opposition will be pleased to know that I did have one ear on Mr Hanson’s initial speech on this, whilst I was having a meeting in my office. It was not scheduled to come on this morning, as Mr Hanson acknowledged. However, I can do two things at once, unlike the opposition, and I did manage to hear the slurs against my personal character, as usual, from Mr Hanson.

In relation to the question, and the questions that were included in that question, these are all matters that we will go to after question time. There is no disagreement

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