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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 2445 ..

Mr Berry: No, Terry Connolly opened it.

MS CARNELL: Okay, I accept that. This Government is committed to ensuring that a hospice remains in the ACT. We are committed to consulting. We are committed to ensuring that the new site is at least generally agreed. Just let Mr Moore get on with it and stop the absolute garbage and untruths that have come forward from those opposite with regard to the hospice. Everybody knows the issues involved, and it is simply wrong for those opposite to attempt to pretend they are not true.

Mr Berry: Hang on a minute, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Are you taking a point of order?

Mr Berry: I do not mind, because later on I can get on to the untruths that come from the other side.

MR SPEAKER: But you are objecting to the word "untruths"?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am happy to withdraw anything that upsets Mr Berry's sensitivities.

MR BERRY (6.21): Next week Wayne Berry will be blamed for the Bruce Stadium. You can back it in. The feverish attempt to re-create history was undone by the letter the Chief Minister read. The third dot point makes it clear:

In the long term, a permanent hospice or other community health facilities may be sited appropriately in the area focused on West Basin as part of a mixed use development.

True. It then goes on to say that construction activity could be a problem for the hospice. That has not turned out to be the case. The letter just raises it as an issue. We had a hospital blown up by you lot, and the hospice was able to manage . A little bit of construction activity would not bother them after that melee. Let us be serious about that.

Chief Minister, from day one you opposed that hospice because you knew the community thought it was a good idea and you wanted to blacken it. It was a plus for Labor, and you set out to blacken it because it was a successful move by Labor. It was on territory controlled land for community purposes - there is no doubt about that - and it remained secure until you came into the picture. Chief Minister, you set out to make sure that your criticism of the hospice on the Acton Peninsula site came true. That is to say, you are the one who negotiated the hospice away when you spoke with the Federal Government in relation to the matter. It was our land, and there is no doubt that nothing could be done about the hospice while ever it was our land. It could only be taken away when you negotiated away the right to operate the hospice. That is the only way it could happen.

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