Page 745 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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MS GALLAGHER: It was just in the introduction to Mr Hanson’s speech. A staff member raised some concerns on Tuesday. I have had a conversation on Wednesday with my chief executive. Those matters are under active consideration. It is not at a point where I can discuss them any further.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question.

MR HANSON: Minister, who is conducting the investigation, and when will it be completed?

MS GALLAGHER: As I said, a number of concerns have been raised, and appropriate action will be taken. I am not in a position to explain any further. I think if I did, I potentially would be putting in jeopardy any investigations that were to be held.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, will the results of the investigation be tabled in the Assembly and, if not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not think I am at a point where I can answer that at this stage. Some concerns have been raised. They are under active investigation. If there becomes a time when it is appropriate for me to elaborate further, I will.

Minister for Health—statements

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 8 March you stated to the Assembly:

… I will never, ever, ever tell a lie …

Minister, how do you reconcile the statement you made in relation to plans for Calvary hospital in the lead-up to the 2008 election that “Governments need to govern and leaders need to lead. Governments must also put their plans on the table. We have put our plans on the table,” with subsequent revelations which show they were not on the table?

MS GALLAGHER: Well, the plans were on the table. The plans by the government which we took to the 2008 election were for a significant rebuild of our hospital system. We have two hospitals in the ACT.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: We were very clear that there would be a very significant rebuild of those facilities. Indeed, we outlined—

Mr Hanson: It was a lie.

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