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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2264 ..

MS BRESNAN: Minister, is the reason that you have not acted on your promise—

Mr Smyth: Was that swift, or was that creaky? Standard delivery?

Mr Sesleja: That was pretty swift.

Mr Smyth: That was pretty quick, yes. It wasn’t creaky.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, gentlemen.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you. Is the reason that you have not acted on your promise due to your view that “electric water heaters are highly efficient and this plan would see more gas-fired heaters used, which are less energy and less water efficient”?

MR BARR: Depending on the context of the installation and the source of the electricity, if that is coming from a renewable source, in some instances that is correct, which is why I made that statement at the time.

Health—national health agreement

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, what is the status of the national health agreement in relation to the ACT since the federal government has now scrapped the national funding authority?

MS GALLAGHER: The agreements the ACT entered into with the commonwealth are in place.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what negotiations have you conducted since handing over nearly 50 per cent of our GST revenue, despite other states having handed over far less?

MS GALLAGHER: What was the beginning of your question? What discussions have I had?

Mrs Dunne: What negotiations have you conducted?

MS GALLAGHER: The negotiations that we are conducting are being done locally at this point in time around putting together our structures to begin the local hospital network and to have that in place as soon as we can. We are consulting with staff around how that is going to work in reality here and discussing with the commonwealth—and this is up to date—the money that has come from the 2009-10 year that will be coming to the territory shortly.

Mr Hanson: When they’re in the south of France. I think that’s way you do it.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Hanson continues his very unhealthy interest in my life outside of this place, Mr Speaker. It is very, very unhealthy.

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