Page 274 - Week 01 - Thursday, 12 February 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: I think the minister might have finished.

Mr Corbell: I have.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, does the toxic culture at the Canberra Hospital, from reports we have seen such as the obstetrics report, contribute to the never-ending levels of patient dissatisfaction?

MR CORBELL: There we have it again—the shadow minister for health degrading and talking down the efforts of people in the Canberra Hospital. Now, I think for the first time, we have the shadow health minister saying there is a toxic culture in every part of Canberra Hospital. What a disgrace. What an absolute disgrace. What an insult. What an insult to all the hardworking medical, nursing and other health professionals in the hospital.

Mr Hanson: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Can we stop the clock.

Mr Hanson: I asked the minister if the toxic culture contributes to the level of patient dissatisfaction. I ask him for a clear and concise answer, not necessarily vitriol.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is not a point of order. That is a debating point, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: It is clearly on relevance.

MR CORBELL: Clearly, Madam Speaker, Mr Hanson has made a very serious allegation. He has said that at the Canberra Hospital, no matter where you go, it is a toxic culture. I reject that. I know that doctors, nurses and all the other hardworking health staff in our hospitals reject it. It just shows that this Leader of the Opposition, this grubby little Leader of the Opposition—

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw that, please, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I withdraw.

Opposition member interjecting—

MR CORBELL: He will do anything, anything, to advance his political interests at the expense of the hard work and reputation of the staff of Canberra Hospital.

Ms Berry: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Stop the clock. Sit down, Mr Corbell.

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