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Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Hospitals—Calvary Public Hospital and Clare Holland House

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (4.29): Mr Speaker, I find it remarkable that the government spent most of the day telling us how hardworking they are, what an extensive agenda they have and what a plan for the future they have and they actually spend all of the day on the government business day and we finish by 4.30 on—

Mr Corbell: You adjourned one of our bills, Jeremy. You did not want to debate one of our bills, Jeremy.

Mrs Dunne: I knew you’d say that. You put it on on Friday, didn’t tell anyone, simply so you could say that.

MR HANSON: It is all a bit inside baseball, but I think those who are well-informed observers of the Assembly would understand exactly what has happened here today—that the government have simply run out of agenda and have spent their day trying to push things out for as long as they could.

I want to turn my attention to the Greens, who are conspicuous by their absence. I noticed today in the media that they were, with great fanfare, talking about the motion that they are going to be moving in the Assembly to block the sale of Clare Holland House. But that actually is not going to be debated this week; they are going to put civil partnerships and a motion about trees in front of that.

I want to make the point to the Greens that the government has been very clear in its position about where it stands with the sale. That was stated clearly for us today by the minister, and also the Little Company of Mary have been very clear in their position, that the deal stands as it stands; that it is something that has been negotiated over 18 months. We have certainly talked about that before. The deal has been put together over an extensive period of time by the government and the Little Company of Mary and both protagonists have made it fundamentally clear to me, in the media and in the Assembly, that that is the deal as it stands and they are not walking away.

The Greens know that. They know that very clearly. Do they think that a letter written to Tom Brennan is going to make any difference to the decision that is going to be made about that deal? I think they know that it will not. Why is it that the Greens will not actually say where they stand on this deal? If they are serious about not supporting the sale of Clare Holland House—

Mr Seselja: They came out on day one and supported it.

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