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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 617 ..

mothers and families, through a workforce ready for the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. For people with chronic illness, it will improve gaining access to all specialists in a timely manner, delivering joined-up care, which we are strengthening and championing through the territory-wide health services planning. The strategy will also assist in recruiting for nurse-led walk-in centres, with the opening of the Gungahlin walk-in centre later this year, a new walk-in centre in Weston Creek and a new health centre in the inner north.

Trade unions—CFMEU

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Acting Chief Minister. Kevin Rudd said that Labor should sever ties with the CFMEU “given the evidence of corruption, bullying and law-breaking”. Bob Hawke has stated:

It just is appalling … I wouldn’t tolerate it.

Judges have said the CFMEU “has contempt for the law” and is trying to “usurp parliament”. Jon Stanhope has called for the first inquiry of an ACT integrity commission to be “into the relationship between the ACT government and the Labor Party and CFMEU group of clubs”. Acting Chief Minister, will you suspend the political and financial relationship between the ACT government and the Labor Party and Tradies group of clubs until such an inquiry is conducted?


MRS KIKKERT: Acting Chief Minister, will your government support an inquiry into the relationship between the ACT government, the Labor Party and the Tradies group of clubs?

MS BERRY: That question does not make sense. I am not sure which inquiry she would be referring to.

Mrs Kikkert: Would you support it?

MS BERRY: What inquiry—by whom?

Mr Gentleman: Hypothetical.

MADAM SPEAKER: Have you answered the question? And it was somewhat hypothetical as well, Mrs Kikkert.

MR COE: Chief Minister, why are you planning to further empower the Tradies’ and CFMEU stranglehold over your government by making the MOU law when some people have already flagged that it will be referred to a future ICAC?

Ms Fitzharris: A point of order, Madam Speaker. Under standing order 117, that supplementary question contained significant inference and was lacking in fact and I seek your ruling on whether that supplementary question was at all in order.

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