Without consultation, the ACT Government will compulsorily acquire Calvary Public Hospital, Canberra on 3 July 2023. The Blue Sisters catholic-run public hospital is not negligent, nor in need of a financial bailout. In fact it is the ACT Government’s track record in the area of health which is of concern with an independent review in March 2019 scathing of the culture and practices of Canberra Hospital.
Former prime minister John Howard has stated this is a “blatant assault”* on the principle of private ownership.
A free and fair society defends the property rights of individuals and community groups.
The ACT Government’s forced acquisition is without just compensation. There are grave concerns this could pave the way for national compulsory acquisition of other church-run services.
Our Constitution defends religious liberty. People of faith want to support the most fundamental human right – the right to life and expression of that belief.
*Source: “Calvary Hospital: Former PM John Howard accuses ACT Labor of ‘greatest assault’ on private ownership” by Dennis Shanahan, 16 June 2023 | The Australian
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Sign the petition www.savecalvary.com.au
- Contact your local member www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members
- Contact the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese Respectfully voice your opposition: www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
Father Tony Percy (retired Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn) is leading the Save Calvary Hospital campaign. Let us keep him in our prayers.