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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (30 July) . . Page.. 3100..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

sod has been turned and the issue is under a cloud because of cost constraints. I referred earlier to a list of places that are looking to establish aged care facilities. It has taken Southern Cross Homes three years to obtain a lease. Christian City Church has been trying to obtain a lease for over 18 months.

St Vincents, Aranda, has been trying to provide supported accommodation on its site for over four years but that has fallen foul of the planning system. Mirinjani has been trying to obtain a lease for more than three years and for five or six years St Andrews Village has been trying to get an allocation of land to extend its facilities. All those institutions and many more are coming up against a brick wall as a result of this government's policies.

Members of the community and I are starting to wonder what is the common element. The common element amongst all these institutions is that churches run them. Are this government and the planning system biased against institutions run by churches? I hope that that is not the case. I hope that quick action by the new Acting Minister for Planning will turn around this sorry state of affairs and allay my fears.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.53 pm