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warn the community that, although we hear a lot of rhetoric about a lot of good works that are intended, the actual ability of this government to deliver and follow through on their promises certainly mismatches the rhetoric of their intent. Given this record of non-delivery, we should remain somewhat sceptical that they will be delivered on time, given that they are already in a number of circumstances four or five years late.

More recently, we have seen problems arising out of the nine-storey car park at the Canberra Hospital. The government called in the project due to what Andrew Barr described as “frivolous and politically motivated objections”. However, when the mental health community discovered the impact this car park could have on the proposed mental health unit at the Canberra Hospital, the government refused to budge. The consultation process around that hospital and the call-in process showed that the way the government does its capital works on mental health issues leaves a lot to be desired.

We hope that the government does continue to provide to the community the sort of services that are required for mental health. We all share the aspiration in this place. It is simply a matter of what the government can deliver and how successfully it can deliver on time. But we do all agree here that mental illness is a significant issue in our community and we share a common intent of doing what we can to help those with a mental illness and to support those community groups who are doing so much of the heavy lifting.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: The discussion is concluded.

Education Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed.

Question put:

That Mr Doszpot’s amendment No 1 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella), (4.20), by leave: I move amendments Nos 2 and 4 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 4394].

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