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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 August 2009) . . Page.. 3291 ..

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Hanson, from 45 residents:

Canberra Hospital—petition No 100

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the Planning Minister (at the request of the Health Minister) has used “call-in” powers to approve demolition of a 3-storey carpark at Canberra Hospital and building on that site a 9-storey carpark which would tower above the new mental health precinct.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly direct the Minister for Health and the government to:

• Halt the car park demolition planned for September 2009;

• Seek the advice of the Chief Psychiatrist as to the mental health implications of building the planned car park tower overlooking the planned new acute care mental health facility, and publish that advice;

• Direct that any building located near the new mental health precinct conform to the latest version of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (shortly to be promulgated), especially re the location of a tall building near an acute care mental health facility;

• Release information on the traffic implications of placing a large car park tower at a crossroads within therapeutic areas;

• Urgently review the community’s preferred option of an alternative site for the car park, and in particular on Yamba Drive west.

• Save the existing 3 storey Bateson Road carpark for night staff and disabled.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Courts and Tribunal (Appointments) Amendment Bill 2009

Mrs Dunne, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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