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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3646..


Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act—Crimes (Sentence Administration) Amendment Regulation 2007 (No 2)—Subordinate Law SL2007-34 (LR, 19 October 2007).

Environment Protection Act—Environment Protection Amendment Regulation 2007 (No 2)—Subordinate Law SL2007-35 (LR, 25 October 2007).

Housing Assistance Act—

Housing Assistance Public Rental Housing Assistance Program 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-267 (LR, 9 November 2007).

Housing Assistance Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-266 (LR, 9 November 2007).

Land (Planning and Environment) Act—Land (Planning and Environment) Criteria for Direct Grant of a Lease (Single Residence Leases) Determination 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-288 (LR, 15 November 2007).

Public Hospital Board Bill 2007

Debate resumed.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (3.58): I was providing, for the information of members, the explanation which the chair of the Canberra Hospital board gave in 1992 for why he had resigned. I was reading from an article in the Canberra Times about early experiences with hospital boards, the way in which they operated and the way in which they were inhibited. I was quoting Mr Jim Service in the context of the reasons for his explanation. He said:

It simply becomes impossible for the board to discharge its statutory responsibilities if its management, and the board itself, are continually engaged in defending, in the political arena, every management action we have taken or may contemplate ...

Mr Service noted that the board of the day had been appointed by the Liberal alliance government. Mr Service said that it was very sad that the Assembly group, the Liberal Party, which had promoted and legislated for the board, had now chosen a path that made their own scheme unworkable. Mr Service went on to say that his reputation and that of other board members was being placed at risk by the continual political attacks and the endless inquiries and that in such circumstances it was simply impossible for him to remain as chair.

Mr Service went on, in his letter of resignation, to thank Mr Berry, the then Minister for Health, for his generous support, fairness and frankness. He said that they had "disagreed at times but that has been thoroughly healthy". He also thanked the staff of


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