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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 4135..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

this to suit people with the concerns that I raised. People are using it. The only thing you are achieving today by not supporting this is keeping people who are using it and struggling with illness afraid. That is what we have achieved.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 2

Noes 15

Ms Dundas

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Ms Tucker

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Mr Cornwell

Mr Smyth

Mrs Cross

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Mr Wood

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.22 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Aged persons residential development-Belconnen golf course

MR SMYTH: My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. It relates to the proposal for an aged care facility on the Belconnen golf course. On 2 March this year, in answer to a question from Mrs Cross on the proposal, you stated:

The government at that time, and I as the responsible minister, indicated to Mr O'Keefe very directly, and in a quite immediate way, that the government did not support the proposal, for the reasons that I outlined in the letter. I made reference to the commitment that you, Mr Speaker, gave, on behalf of the Labor Party at that time prior to the election, that we would not support development on that site.

Minister, do you stand by this answer of 2 March 2004-that you made reference, in your letter to Mr O'Keefe, to the commitment of Mr Berry?

MR CORBELL: I would have to check the detail of that letter. It is some time since I wrote to Mr O'Keefe. I will take the question on notice.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. The minister might also check Hansard as to what he said at that time. Minister, why is it then that your letter makes no mention of this commitment and that those who attended the meeting with you to discuss the proposal say that it was not mentioned in that meeting either?

MR CORBELL: I ask Mr Smyth to clarify the question. What was not mentioned?


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