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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4393..

There is also provision for a safety net by regulation to address any transitional matters necessary or convenient to be prescribed because of the enactment of the new Liquor Act 2010. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee


MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.20): I move:


(1) this Assembly notes:

(a) that the ACT government abandoned its proposal to purchase Calvary Public Hospital in February 2010 after 18 months of negotiations with the Little Company of Mary;

(b) that the process followed by the Minister for Health was flawed and caused significant aggravation to the community; and

(c) the Minister for Health has proposed four new options for future ownership and management arrangements of Calvary Public Hospital;

(2) this Assembly refer the four new Calvary Hospital options to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services for consideration;

(3) the committee evaluate the relative merits of the four options presented by the Minister for Health, including the financial and health impacts of the options;

(4) as appropriate, the committee identify and evaluate any further options available for Calvary Hospital that have not been presented by the Minister; and

(5) the committee report back to the Assembly by the last sitting day in March 2011.

Previously in this place, I think in June, Ms Gallagher made a statement. To be honest, it was largely an exercise of excusing her handling of the Calvary purchase fiasco, but she also outlined the government's current position in light of accounting advice that she had received. Based on that advice, she outlined four new options that the government will be considering with regard to Calvary.

What I want to do through this motion today is make sure that we do not repeat—or the government does not repeat—the mistakes of the last two years. I simply do not trust the government, Mr Speaker. They have got it wrong. They got it very badly wrong the first time and over a period of two years they have hidden from scrutiny. We need to do everything we can to make sure that, moving forward, which is the new term in vogue for the Labor Party, we actually get it right.

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