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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1340 ..

While I am disappointed that we are not ready to go today and to move on this, I do not believe that, after 18 months, working very closely with a number of school communities in the last 12 months, it would be the proper and right thing to do to not adjourn and allow another month or so of negotiations to occur so that we can get a good outcome here, because that is what it is about.

I find it very unfortunate that the Liberals have once again dealt themselves out of this debate by deciding that they will not vote for any improvement or enhancement of consultation in the future if there is a proposed amalgamation or closure. I guess that is an issue that they will need to grapple with, with the very strange position that they have put themselves in around this issue.

The Greens will not be voting against this adjournment today. We look forward to having some fruitful discussions with the government on this matter.

Question put:

That debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Ms Hunter

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

Calvary Public Hospital

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.59): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the Stanhope-Gallagher government:

(a) has been attempting to acquire Calvary Public Hospital (Calvary) since secret negotiations commenced in August 2008;

(b) has failed to:

(i) effectively negotiate the purchase of Calvary to date;

(ii) demonstrate any health benefits of the proposed purchase; and

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