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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 4009..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

and the schools in Kambah. They must today change their minds and support the people of Kambah, Cook, Page and Macarthur—the people who voted for them despite the fact that they were lied to by this government.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne's amendment to Mr Barr's proposed amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 6

Mrs Dunne

Mr Pratt

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Dr Foskey

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the negative.

Question put:

That Mr Barr's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mrs Dunne

Mr Pratt

Mr Berry

Mr Gentleman

Dr Foskey

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

At 6.02 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put.

Adjournment

Family and Community Day

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.02): I take the opportunity in the adjournment debate today to talk about the government's costly concession to the unions, Family and Community Day. I want to touch on several specific items of concern but first I put on the record what a disastrous day it was for many within the ACT. Businesses closed and those that stayed open did not make as much money as they would usually make. Many casual workers missed out on a day's wages, other businesses were hurt by people taking a four-day weekend, and what had traditionally been an enjoyable day in the workplace, with lunches, sweeps and so on, was lost, as I predicted when this was first mooted.

Holding the day as a public holiday was a short-sighted decision made by the territory's Labor government and Mr Barr to appease their union mates on the floor of


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