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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3307..


MRS CARNELL (continuing):

Ms Reilly, because she has not been around for very long, may not realise which government did the deal on the Ginninderra Gardens Nursing Home beds and what the deal was. The deal done by the previous Government - you mob over there - was that the Calvary Nursing Home beds would close on the basis of the Commonwealth giving the nod to new nursing home beds at Ginninderra Gardens. That was done and I think it was a sensible deal, and I said so at the time.

Ms Reilly: Mrs Carnell, I know that. That is not the question.

MRS CARNELL: It is the question. Those opposite did a deal, and a sensible deal, too, that the Calvary Nursing Home beds would close when the Ginninderra Gardens Nursing Home opened. That was the basis upon which the Commonwealth Government gave the okay or approved the Ginninderra Gardens Nursing Home beds.

Mr Berry: Yes, fully-funded beds.

MRS CARNELL: That is why it was a good deal - because the Ginninderra Gardens Nursing Home beds are funded by the Commonwealth Government. My understanding is that they will be subject to the new Commonwealth Government legislation. As for Lower Jindalee, to my knowledge, all the patients have moved, or are about to.

MS REILLY: May I ask for some further information on Lower Jindalee? My understanding is that there are still people there. Could I please have confirmation as to whether there are people in Lower Jindalee and whether they are going to have to pay the bond? That would answer the second part of my first question.

MRS CARNELL: Sorry; that is not your supplementary question. Do you have another supplementary question?

Ms Reilly: No; I wanted the first part of my question answered.

MRS CARNELL: That has to be a supplementary question, then. Okay. That is fine. I am happy to answer that. It is my understanding that those patients at Lower Jindalee have moved, or, if they have not, they are due to do so. I am fairly confident that they have, but I will certainly let everybody know later.

Advertising Material

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Attorney-General, Mr Humphries, and is about the distribution of advertising material. Minister, are you aware that the Mitchell nightclub Sinsations distributed 30,000 quite explicit pamphlets to letterboxes and an unknown number of motor vehicles around residential suburbs in Canberra over the past few weeks? I understand that this nightclub has not broken the law. However, it also would not have broken the law had it distributed the centrefold from Picture magazine, given that it is an unrestricted publication. Do you believe, Minister, that this sort of material should be distributed in this manner, whether people want it or not? I would like to add, Minister, that my three-year-old son brought in the pamphlet at our place.


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