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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 3968..


MR HARGREAVES: He was talking about my stewardship of the public domain, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: He asked you whether you would resign.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, he is asking me would I do this with respect to my stewardship of the public domain. It was not I who caused the cameras at interchanges not to work; we inherited those from the Liberal government. There was no film in half of them and the other half did not work. With respect to the graffiti, we have a graffiti strategy. Mr Pratt is often critical of my doing these things.

I believe that, since Jon Stanhope came to government in 2001, since he gave me the responsibility for urban services and, later, territory and municipal services, and the resources to do it, the fabric of this city has improved incredibly in that period of time. The way it looks has improved.

I am sick and tired of hearing people like Mr Pratt talk this town down amongst its citizens. He accuses us of not looking after it, and in the process he denigrates the town that has elected him—by the narrowest of margins—to represent them in this place. Mr Pratt has not one shred of justification for asking me to do such a thing as to resign my ministry. I have actually expressed and displayed in this place more commitment to Canberra, more commitment to my electorate and more commitment to the honour and respect of this place than Mr Pratt will ever, ever contribute to this place. No is the answer to his question.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Motion of no confidence

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (3.35): I seek leave to move a motion of no confidence in Mr Hargreaves.

Leave granted.

MR PRATT: I move:

That the ACT Assembly expresses its lack of confidence in Mr Hargreaves in all his ministerial responsibilities for his:

(1) failure as a minister:

(a) to adequately manage;

(b) to deliver on time;

(c) to deliver on budget;

(d) to ensure service standards are met; or

(e) to follow appropriate process;

including but not limited to his failures on:

(f) Tharwa Bridge;

(g) road funding;


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