Page 187 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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MR HANSON: Minister, how can we believe any of your assurances about health infrastructure given the appalling track record of this government, including the fiasco of the Canberra Hospital car park, the women’s and children’s hospital that is so over budget and running so late, the secure mental health facility that is seven years late and you do not even know what it is going to be and when and how it is going to be delivered, the adolescent mental health facility which, again, you do not understand how that is going to be delivered after four years, and the many other health projects? How can we be assured you will deliver the project on time and on budget?

MS GALLAGHER: I take your guidance on this, Madam Speaker, but I understood supplementaries were not to have preambles attached to them.

MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear a preamble from Mr Hanson.


MADAM SPEAKER: I think he began his sentence with an interrogative pronoun.

MS GALLAGHER: That is an interesting interpretation of the preamble, but I take your view on that, and we will use the same with our supplementaries, Madam Speaker.

It goes to question time yesterday: it is difficult to answer a question that you just do not agree with. I have been reforming this health system and investing in infrastructure at record levels that no other health minister has been able to achieve in the ACT. We are systematically—

Mr Smyth: You’re right—the lowest outcomes for the country.

MS GALLAGHER: There you go; talk down the health system. Never miss an opportunity to talk down the excellent health system that we have in the ACT. We have an excellent health system. We are building excellent buildings. Yes, we have changed the scope of some of the projects to make sure they deliver what we want them to deliver. I am proud of the investments we are making in health infrastructure, and I am proud of the fact that we won the election and we have got four more years to build the infrastructure that this city needs, and you, Mr Hanson, can sit there and carry on from the opposition benches.

Government—ministerial and crossbench staff

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, I refer to appendix 2, dot point 4 of the Greens-Labor agreement which states:

Cabinet documents are only to be provided to Ministerial staff in accordance with the Cabinet handbook. The Cabinet handbook is to be adhered to at all times by all Ministerial staff.

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