Page 3170 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr. Stop the clock, thank you. Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: Ms Porter’s supplementary question was about the importance of investing in school infrastructure, and talking about anybody else’s policies, other than his own, is irrelevant to the question.

MR SPEAKER: The point of order is upheld. If we can focus on Ms Porter’s question, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: As I said, I am very pleased to debate this government and the Labor Party’s record in relation to investment in education—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, Mr Barr has been asked to answer a question. He is not debating anything.

MR SPEAKER: There is a bit of latitude here. Mr Barr, let us come to the question.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is very important to invest in school infrastructure, and that is why the single biggest investment in education in this territory’s history has come under this Labor government—the single biggest investment in education infrastructure under this government. Our partnership with the commonwealth government has seen the biggest single investment in education. Every single school in this territory has had money spent upgrading school facilities, enhancing school facilities, building new classrooms, new specialist teaching areas. All of that investment has been in the next generation of Canberrans, and it does stand in marked contrast to the approaches of other political parties.


MR SPEAKER: I would like to point out to members that we are joined in the public gallery today by staff from the Economic Development Directorate and the Environment and Sustainability Directorate. I welcome you to the Assembly.

Questions without notice

Canberra Hospital—emergency department targets

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, you have stated that it is likely that the ACT will not meet federal targets for emergency department reward funding. In estimates on 5 July, Dr Peggy Brown stated that this funding, if received, would be spent on “facilities within the emergency department—equipment, capital works-type things, changes”. Does the likelihood that the ACT will miss out on reward funding mean that we are missing out on the opportunity to improve our emergency department performance?

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