Page 4834 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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These are issues that affect the community. We have a responsibility to all of the community to govern for all of the community, to seek to protect all community assets equally, and that is how we approach issues. We do not play favourites. We do everything that we can within the context of the budgets available to us, and that is our attitude to Flynn. It has our utter attention. We are looking for a resolution. We are looking for a speedy resolution. We are looking to do it in deep consultation with the Flynn community, and it is proceeding quite well except for the constant politicising of the issue by the opposition.

Hospitals—Calvary Public Hospital

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, I refer you to the ACT general government sector cash flow statement in budget paper 3 which states that the ACT will run a cash deficit of $255 million over the forward estimates from 2009-10. Minister, given that the ACT general government sector balance sheet on page 229 of BP 3 states that there is only $138.1 million in the bank in 2009-10, how will you pay for both the cash deficit and the cash payment for the purchase of Calvary hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: I thought the opposition might not come to Calvary today after they had seem some of the results of the poll that was released—

Mrs Dunne: The push poll?

MS GALLAGHER: Push polls are they now, Mrs Dunne?

Mr Stanhope: Say that outside.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, say that outside. Of course they will not.

Mr Doszpot: I have, in a media release if you would like to read it. I can get a copy of it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: You obviously do not have any clue what this polling means. Mr Speaker, I will get back to the question asked by Mr Doszpot. These are, of course, decisions that the government will be taking in future budgets. We have, of course, outlined the fact that we may require borrowings in order to manage our capital works program.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members, Ms Gallagher is actually giving the information that Mr Doszpot sought.

MS GALLAGHER: How we finance purchase of Calvary Public Hospital, if it goes ahead, is a matter for budget consideration. Whether it will be financed depends on the terms of how best it is to manage that cost.

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