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Thursday, 21 February 2008
Page: 1170


Ms GRIERSON (3:40 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.


The SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Ms GRIERSON —Yes.


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Ms GRIERSON —In the chamber today the member for Paterson claimed, and I am referring to his green, that he was called on to secure the funding for the PET scanner Medicare licence at the Mater Hospital ‘because the Labor member for Newcastle had failed to adequately represent her community’. He claims he ‘fought and lobbied for the funding from the coalition government and secured $2 million as a priority’. The facts are that it was not until Labor’s commitment of 7 September last year to fund the Medicare licence for the PET scanner that Mr Baldwin and his government were shamed into a similar pledge on 21 September. The reality is that—


The SPEAKER —The honourable member has explained where she has been misrepresented. She will resume—


Ms GRIERSON —Mr Speaker, there is an important point. The Rudd government has actually put in $3½ million—


The SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member is debating the point. The honourable member will resume her seat.