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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (14 March) . . Page.. 554..

MS MacDONALD (continuing):

I appeal to all in this place to appeal to the best of our society. I urge members to oppose the amendment and support the motion.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

School and library closures—use of facilities

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (4.17): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the recent closure of a number of ACT government schools and the Griffith library; and

(b) the Government's confirmation that it is following its Surplus Property policy and guidelines in determining the futures of these sites; and

(c) the high demand by community organisations and groups for affordable accommodation; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) ensure that its school premises that were closed at the end of 2006, or will be closed prior to October 2008, and the closed Griffith library, are not sold or permanently modified for other uses until after the 2008 ACT election;

(b) make the Property Board's Options Papers and Cost/Benefit Analyses for these sites available for public comment; and

(c) in the short term to medium term, look to provide these surplus sites to community organisations and groups at affordable rents, where they meet health and safety standards and are suitable to their needs.

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