Tamworth Hospital Redevelopment



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SpeakersPresident; Secord The Hon Walt; Gallacher The Hon Michael
BusinessQuestions Without Notice, QWN



TAMWORTH HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT
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The Hon. WALT SECORD: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, representing the Minister for Health. In light of yesterday's announcement of $3 million for Tamworth hospital for planning purposes, when will the Government provide the remaining funding for the promised $220 million upgrade?

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: I thank the member for his question. It is good that the member has asked what seems quite a sensible question. But it is important for members to understand where the Hon. Walt Secord is coming from when he asks questions. I have taken the opportunity to reflect on some of the questions he has asked in this House. He is setting himself up—

The Hon. Walt Secord: Point of order: The Minister is debating the question.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I remind the Minister of the need for him to be generally relevant in his answers.

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: Mr President, you can be assured that I will do absolutely everything I can to be generally relevant. The member who asked the question quite simply has taken on the role of the bucket master of this House.

The Hon. Eric Roozendaal: Point of order: The Minister has been speaking for well over a minute and has not come within a bull's roar of answering the question. He is just attacking the member who asked the question. I appreciate that the Hon. Walt Secord is giving the member for Tamworth a difficult time. But it should not be left to him. The people of Tamworth want to know where the hospital is—

The PRESIDENT: Order! There is no point of order.

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: The Hon. Walt Secord is taking it upon himself to be the dirt master of the Australian Labor Party.

The Hon. Eric Roozendaal: Point of order—

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Minister will resume his seat.

The Hon. Eric Roozendaal: The Minister is now two minutes into his answer and he is still attacking the member who asked the question. The Minister has not come within a bull's roar of actually answering the question. His answer is well and truly out of order. I ask you to direct him to answer the question and stop attacking the member who asked it.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I remind the Minister of the need for him to be generally relevant in his answers.

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: The series of questions that have been put on notice—

The Hon. Eric Roozendaal: Point of order: I do not know whether the Minister perhaps propped up the bar at lunch time, but he seems to have—

The PRESIDENT: Order! There is no point of order. The Hon. Eric Roozendaal will resume his seat.

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: If the Hon. Walt Secord's credibility-crisis mate wants to keep running defence for him, so be it. The fact is that questions put on notice by the Hon. Walt Secord are nothing more than a personal attack on members of the upper House.

The Hon. Eric Roozendaal: Point of order. My point of order relates to relevance. The diatribe from the Minister bears no relevance at all to the question asked. I ask that he be directed to either give a relevant answer or sit down.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I uphold the point of order. Unfortunately, the Minister's time for answering the question has expired.