Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 November 2009) . . Page.. 5092 ..
MR SPEAKER: You could do that if you wish, Mr Stanhope, as well. Mr Hanson, would you start your question again, please.
MR HANSON: Certainly. Minister, at a public forum convened by the ACT Palliative Care Society on Thursday, 12 November, which, coincidentally, I attended, and I heard what the Chief Minister said, he indicated that selling Clare Holland House was not something he desired but that it was necessary in order to secure the Little Company of Mary Health Care agreement to sell Calvary hospital. According to comments made by Tom Brennan at the public forum, and as reported in the Canberra Times, it was the government that approached Little Company of Mary in the first instance with the offer to sell Clare Holland House as part of the Calvary deal. Minister, can you confirm Tom Brennan’s claim that it was in fact the government that initiated discussions on the proposal to sell Clare Holland House?
MS GALLAGHER: I am sorry; I did miss the last bit of that question but I think I have got the gist of it.
Mr Seselja: Because the Chief Minister was in your ear.
MS GALLAGHER: The Chief Minister was trying to correct the record with respect to Mr Hanson. In relation to the question from Mr Hanson, essentially around—
Mrs Dunne: A point of order, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, please.
Mrs Dunne: Could I ask the Chief Minister to withdraw the term “liar” that he used across the chamber to Mr Hanson.
Mr Stanhope: Mrs Dunne interjected: “Use the standing orders.” I responded: “I might.”
Mrs Dunne: If that is the case, and I misheard, I do apologise to the Chief Minister.
MR SPEAKER: I did not hear the Chief Minister use that word either.
Mr Stanhope: That is very gracious of you, Mrs Dunne.
MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, could Mr Hanson repeat the final bit of his question.
MR HANSON: I am more than happy to do so, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Just the last sentence will be fine, thank you.