Page 4329 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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Then Mr Doszpot alluded to propping up seats. Well, golly, I think Fraser has got to be the safest federal Labor seat in Australia. I think he has got his geography confused again. Then he started to talk about maximising broadband opportunities, and I reflect on what I have just said about the federal government slashing the NBN pipeline to Bruce, where this very project is going to be in place, disadvantaging students, disadvantaging staff and harming the kind of research that the University of Canberra is attempting to do to try and bring that research-based focus to our economy in the ACT.

Then Mr Doszpot switched over and started praising the sports commons and called a $10 million cut—a $10 million cut—a minor setback. Golly, who does he think he is? Clive Palmer? He says—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you are warned.

DR BOURKE: He says the university might have a chance. Well, the way this federal government is going, it would be a snowball’s chance—no chance at all. Buckley’s!

Mr Assistant Speaker, I commend this motion to the Assembly. I call upon the opposition to back it up, to demand of their federal colleagues that they bring back this $10 million of absolutely essential funding for the development of a sports commons at the University of Canberra at Bruce in my electorate of Ginninderra.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Health—elective surgery waiting lists

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.52): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) in 2010 the Government denied that elective surgery lists were being manipulated after an elective surgery patient complained his priority was downgraded;

(b) as a result of an Assembly motion, the Auditor-General conducted a performance audit into elective surgery waiting lists and released a damming report in early 2011 that found “... considerable doubts about the reliability and appropriateness of the clinical classifications for patients on the waiting lists”; and

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