House debates

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Statements by Members

Queensland Children's Hospital

1:58 pm

Photo of Andrew LamingAndrew Laming (Bowman, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The greatness of Lady Phyllis Cilento: the only female graduate of her class of medicine in 1919; a lady medical officer in the British colonial service; in 1924 had a private practice in New Guinea; worked in the Hospital for Sick Children from 1931; and from 1928 wrote regular columns for magazines and newspapers as 'Medical Mother' and 'Mother M.D.' promoting good nutrition and raising children, and advocating for natural childbirth, for fathers to be present at the births of their children and for the legalisation of abortion back then. Yet 30 years after her death her name is torn off Queensland Children's Hospital because 18,000 of those 23,000 votes were fake votes from just 70 IP addresses—6,000 votes from just four computers. A cybersecurity expert says there's no way they can be from anywhere else but the minister's office and Queensland ministerial offices. In the August online poll, doctors approached them wanting a name change. Since when does the Labor Party listen to doctors? They said they couldn't raise money at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. What rubbish! Why are public servants abusing their work IP addresses when they could vote from home anyway?

What a dark day for Queensland, with Labor hatred removing a woman's name from our great hospital. It's not just the name change; it's the lying behind it. It's not telling the truth. It's giving Queenslanders a say and then ignoring it. Queenslanders wanted that name to stay, but the Premier doesn't care, and she's tearing it down. (Time expired)

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The member's time has concluded.

Mr Laming interjecting

The member for Bowman's time has concluded. You've had 90 seconds; you're not going to continue it by way of interjection. In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.