|Posted by Save RAH on March 14, 2010 at 9:25 PM|
In the Stateline interview on Friday 12th Health Minister John Hill said that his cost of the Railyards hospital was possible because there was no cost for land as the Government owned the land. The first implication of this statement is that if the cost of land is included then the price would not be $1.7bn but more than $2bn.
The second implication is more sinister and goes to the heart of trust. Minister Hill, acting as part of the Rann Government puts forward the belief that the Government “owns “ land like the Parklands and may dispose of it as it wishes. This belief is underpinned by the changes they made to the parklands legislation which excludes from any protection the North Terrace precinct from the existing RAH to the Railyards and everything in between.
It seems to have escaped the consciousness of the Rann Government that certain lands are held by the Government IN TRUST for the people of South Australia. To dispose of them at will is a BREACH OF TRUST.
This is exactly what the Rann Government is doing BREACHING TRUST – on North Terrace, at Glenside, at St Clair. An unwitting accident? It would appear not. The publicized proposal to Cabinet for a hotel development on the Thorndon Park reserve was rejected by Cabinet. It is not too fanciful to think that it was rejected because the Government perceived that the public mood would not stand for it.
This is a glimpse into the Government mindset. An attitude “we own the land , we can do what we like with it” instead of the longstanding public expectation that public lands are held in TRUST.
The questions for us are CAN WE TRUST THE RANN GOVERNMENT ? CAN WE TRUST MIKE RANN AND HIS MINISTERS NOT TO BREACH TRUST?
It is a long way back from the brink of losing public land held in trust. The process won’t even begin under a Rann Government, and under a Redmond Government there is an urgency to begin the process by rebuilding the RAH on site. Can you trust SAVE THE RAH? YES, because its policy is limited and clear. (As a matter of interest the RAH is NOT BUILT ON PARKLANDS. Col Light designated space for a hospital.)
On 20th March Vote 1 SAVE THE RAH.