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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 March 2011) . . Page.. 1139 ..


As you will recall from question time, I asked her again about this issue, and she continued to say, “No, it was the Little Company of Mary,” despite the fact that I had provided quotes from a letter that she wrote on 20 August 2008, before the election, which makes it quite clear that that was not the case.

I will go through the letter in some detail, because it is quite contradictory to her statements now on two days here in the Assembly. It is quite clear that the proposal for the redevelopment of Calvary or the purchase of Calvary was hers. It says:

I would like to propose a different agreement.

That is, to the current arrangements. She then goes through the proposal:

The ACT government wishes to acquire …

The ACT government wishes to call for tenders …

The ACT government would like to grant a Crown lease over CHH—

Clare Holland House—

to LCMHC.

That is, Little Company of Mary Health Care. And so on and so forth. She then goes on to the next steps. She says:

I note that it is your intention to have this matter formally raised at your next Board Meeting which I understand is to be held on 21 August 2008.

Should the Board be supportive of this proposal, I propose—

very clear—

that the LCMHC and the ACT government enter into a Heads of Agreement. To enable further development of the proposal past the commencement of Caretaker period which takes effect from 12 September 2008, my preference—

again, not Little Company of Mary’s but the minister’s preference—

is that the Heads of Agreement be signed by that date.

And so on. And she concludes:

Thank you again for considering this proposal, and please do not hesitate to contact me …

And so on. So I am at a loss to understand how it is that in 2008 the minister wrote to Little Company of Mary Health Care asking that they enter into a heads of agreement—this was her proposal—and asking that it be done by a certain time frame, which was prior to the caretaker period on 12 September.


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