Page 747 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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and so actually did not make any commitments to cover the expansion of hospital services in the ACT through their own election commitments.

Mr Seselja: Are you again not telling the truth? You’ve got to tell the truth, Katy.

MS GALLAGHER: I think if you go back and read our health policy—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, twice now in the course of this answer the Leader of the Opposition and the shadow minister for health have accused the Minister for Health of lying. Now, you must reach a point, Mr Speaker, when your responsibilities in this chamber are actually to deal with these repeat and serial accusations that the minister is a liar. Mr Seselja has just repeated an accusation now just made by Mr Hanson, and it is time that this unacceptable, bullying and unparliamentary behaviour by Mr Seselja and Mr Hanson was dealt with in a conclusive way.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

Mr Seselja: In response to the point of order—

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Seselja. My ruling that there is no point of order does not condone the behaviour that is going across the chamber, but I will manage it as the Speaker. Ms Gallagher, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. Just in conclusion, I expect that our commitments on health that we outlined in 2008 will be delivered in their entirety, and I am sure that in 2012 the people of Canberra will measure us upon those commitments.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how do you reconcile statements made by you in February 2010 that no complaints regarding bullying in the obstetrics department at Canberra Hospital had been received when it was subsequently revealed that complaints had been received?

MS GALLAGHER: At the time I made those comments, that was the advice that I had.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how do you reconcile statements made by you in 2004 that there would be no school closures with the subsequent decision to close 23 schools in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: I think I went through this line of questioning for the entire previous Assembly of 2004 to 2008. I have been judged by the community on what I did and said as minister for education. Indeed, I would ask that Mr Hanson draw the Assembly’s attention to where I made the comments that he just alleged I made.

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