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Monday, 23 November 2009
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Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) (3:36 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.

The SPEAKER —The Prime Minister may proceed.

Mr RUDD —Earlier in question time today the member for Parkes asked me about hospital and health reforms and their impact and localities. I neglected, in my answer, to add the following, as it concerns health and hospital facilities in his own electorate. I draw his attention to the following quote:

What I find exciting about this is that it’s not only going to deliver primary health care to the people of Gunnedah; it’s going to be a great facility for education not only for doctors but for ancillary health professionals. I think that, you know, it’s an exciting model. It’s collocated near the hospital. It will make the doctors much more efficient. They’ll be able just to walk from the hospital back to the medical centre. It’ll be great for students. It’ll also help attract medical professionals when it comes to the great people of Gunnedah.

That is a quote from the member for Parkes, October 2007.