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Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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Ms CATHERINE KING (Ballarat) (15:26): Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member for Ballarat claim to have been misrepresented?

Ms CATHERINE KING: I do, most grievously.

The SPEAKER: The member for Ballarat may proceed.

Ms CATHERINE KING: Thank you. In question time today, the Minister for Health accused me of lying about his cuts to public hospitals at a press conference at Caboolture Hospital. The facts are these. The 2013 election platform of the Liberal Party states that they will fund public hospitals at 50 per cent growth funding of the efficient price. The 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 budget papers show that the government is in fact only funding public hospitals at 45 per cent of growth in hospitals and a cap of 6.5 per cent. That represents a $715 million cut from 2017 to 2020 and a $2.9 million cut to Caboolture Hospital.