To the Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly:
We are extremely concerned at the announcement that the ACT Government intends to forcibly acquire Calvary Hospital.
Catholic hospitals have faithfully served the community for 170 years. They treat more than 1.5 million patients yearly, or three patients every minute.
The actions by the ACT government are an abuse of property rights and religious freedom.
We are concerned especially that:
We petition you, Members of the Legislative Assembly, to reject any attempts – legislative or otherwise – by the ACT Government to acquire Calvary Hospital.
Without consultation, the ACT Government is trying to ram through a bill that would allow this land-and-assets grab to occur as soon as 3 July 2023.
The ACT Governments track record in the area of health is concerning. An independent review in March 2019, was scathing of the culture and practices of Canberra Hospital.
The answer must be clearly no; the Calvary system built a new Private Hospital in Adelaide with 342 beds for 350 million, and the government said they’re going to build a hospital here for a billion. So they’ll be far better off saving 500 million by letting Calvary build the hospital and spend half a billion dollars on other services in Canberra.
Yes, that’s a possibility. They’re accusing Calvary of their medical services being too religious. We know that the Calvary Hospital and the Government Public Hospital do not perform abortions.
Claire Holland House? What about the Canberra Race Club? What about the Independent Schools? Which state is next, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales?