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what has come out of the consultation process. Those key stakeholders are stating that they support the sale of Calvary hospital but they do not support the sale of the hospice—which is exactly what the Greens are stating here today, and in our motion, and what we have talked about in the past. I suggest that you look at those submissions and pay attention—that the Liberals actually take account of what the community are saying and consider that in the type of position that they are putting forward. That is why we will not be supporting Mr Hanson’s amendment—because his amendment does directly ignore what the community are saying.

We have the Liberals here saying, “We do what the community wants; we are the only ones standing up for the community.” But they are ignoring what is coming out of the consultation process. In fact, even before the consultation process has been completed and submissions have been made, they have come out with their hardline position. Basically we see a party that are irrelevant. They are out of the negotiation process and they are putting forward this motion today because they have nothing else to do.

Question put:

That Mr Hanson’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Coe

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (3.34): I would like to thank all members for their contributions to this debate—thoughtful and interesting contributions, as ever, from the Liberal Party.

Mr Hanson: Thank you, Ms Bresnan.

Ms Gallagher: I think there was a little bit of sarcasm there, Jeremy.

MS BRESNAN: No, not at all. No sarcasm at all. I will say that this is not a game about who can shout the loudest, even though the Liberal Party obviously thinks so. This is about trying to achieve positive and constructive outcomes for the ACT people.

As I have already stated, the Greens are working with groups like the Health Care Consumers Association and the Palliative Care Society to achieve a good outcome. We are also in contact with groups such as the Australian Nursing Federation and the AMA.

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