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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3258 ..

MR CORBELL: But we hear a lot of complaints, especially from grandpa over there, but at the end of the day-

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, on a point of order-

MR CORBELL: I withdraw the comment.

Mrs Dunne: His age isn't-

MR SPEAKER: Order! I don't mind being referred to as a grandparent. Do you, Mr Cornwell?

Mr Cornwell: Mr Speaker, I have been insulted by experts.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker the government is moving to address these issues in a very appropriate way. The new development is in Garran, as I have said, with 60 high care aged-care beds, and another 18 independent living units.

Mr Cornwell: In principle.

Mrs Burke: In principle.

MR CORBELL: I hear the interjection from the Liberal Party: "Oh, it's only in principle."Well they should go and talk to the person responsible from Southern Cross Homes about how he described the government's in-principle support. You know what he described it as, Mr Speaker? He described it as crucial-crucial to them getting the extra beds they need from the Commonwealth. So I think the Liberals need to go out and talk to some providers on the ground. If they did they would quickly discover how important in-principle support is.

There has been extensive community consultation, including with the Burley Griffin LAPAC, and these processes will continue as we move through the development approval process. But it is a further example of this government's commitment to act, where those opposite simply mouth platitudes or just whinge.

MS MacDONALD: I thank the minister for his informative reply. Minister, is the Southern Cross Homes development the only proposal this government has progressed recently?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms MacDonald for her supplementary question. Yes, I am quite happy to outline to members the other proposals that this government has also progressed. Today's announcement, for Southern Cross Homes at Garran, was ahead of an earlier announcement in which the government gave in-principle support for the direct sale of land for the Little Company of Mary at Calvary in Bruce.

Mrs Dunne: Who did that?

MR CORBELL: Are you saying that you did that?

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