Page 2079 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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Mr Hanson: So you did lie? You admit you lied?

MS GALLAGHER: I intend to work very hard, as I have over a number of years but particularly in this position over the next 16 months—

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I would like you to ask Mr Hanson to withdraw the statement he made, “so you did lie”. I would like that withdrawn.

Mr Hanson: It was phrased as a question. I would seek your ruling on whether phrasing it as a question “so you did lie?” is unparliamentary. It was not a statement of fact. It was a question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I would invite you to withdraw, thank you.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Ms Gallagher.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As members are very aware, the government was in early negotiations with the Little Company of Mary Health Care around future ownership of this hospital.

Mr Seselja: She wasn’t telling the truth.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS GALLAGHER: Our election commitments to the community put all of our plans on the table in terms of the massive redevelopment work that is required to build the health system for the future. That is irrelevant, the ownership of the buildings.

Mr Hanson: You had written seeking a heads of agreement. A shocker!


MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I said, I will be working very hard over the next 16 months to make sure that the judgement that the people of Canberra make in October 2012 will deliver another Labor government for the people of the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, before your supplementary, members will recall my views on the fact that I consider constant interjection to be unparliamentary behaviour. Mr Hanson, a supplementary question?

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In health committee hearings earlier this year, minister, you refused to provide significant information about the costings or research conducted in relation to your decision to build a third hospital, claiming cabinet-in-confidence. Why were you not transparent about your decision making to the health committee?

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