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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 853..


DR FOSKEY: Since my motion was prepared we have had the briefing with Ms Gallagher's office. I am aware of all of difficulties, and it is very likely that the Greens are not going to like the concession program review report either. I have had to weigh up the kinds of things that I say here in this Assembly. I have to say that, in the interests of transparency, I will support the amendment, even though I fear the kinds of damage and mischief that can be caused by a Liberal opposition that does not really get it-an opposition that is more about getting into government than getting good outcomes for people living in marginalised situations. But I will support the amendment because I do not want to be seen as being inconsistent; I call for transparency all the time. However, let us face it: when it comes to the vote, the numbers will probably mean that Mrs Burke's amendment will be lost.

I hope that Mrs Burke will get right behind this review and its outcomes. I believe that in the substantive part of her speech she was supportive of the concessions review. I hope that this view will dominate and that we can then go forward and be positive. I think we should all focus on this objective, which is one of the positive things that has happened this week.

Question put:

That Mrs Burke's amendment to Ms Gallagher's proposed amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Ms Gallagher's amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Governance

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (4.15): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the document A Code of Good Government produced by the Australian Labor Party in 2001, which lists the qualities of openness, responsibility and accountability as qualities that "will frame the manner in which a Labor Government in the Territory will go about its business";


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