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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1861..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

life and, on reflection, I was wrong both times."If you knew Trevor, you could hear him saying that and understand why he would.

Trevor's enduring love affair was with the air—that space above the earth. He always wanted to fly and did succeed in getting a pilots licence in his late sixties—again another achievement. Family members and friends heard him say with absolute conviction over the years that if he had the chance to go into space without any hope of coming back he would take it. He was firm about that even when he was the Chief Minister, much to the horror of his family and colleagues.

I will close with the words of the then young poet, now Professor Jenny Stewart. They would surely apply to Trevor Kaine:

This is what he gave us.

The nerve to lie in wait for dreams,

to fashion images of rare utility,

to go, quietly,

much too far.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Sitting suspended from 11.38 to 11.41 am.

Chief Minister

Notice of motion of no confidence

Mr Seselja, having delivered a notice of motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister, the Clerk, pursuant to standing order 103, announced that, in seven days hence, in accordance with standing order 81, Mr Seselja shall move:

That this Assembly no longer has confidence in the Chief Minister due to his:

(1) repeatedly giving inconsistent testimony and testimony that is inconsistent with the written record of events relating to the data centre and gas fired power plant at Tuggeranong and, therefore, misleading the Estimates Committee and consequently the Assembly;

(2) mismanaging the process associated with the data centre and gas fired power plant at Tuggeranong, jeopardising an important project for the Australian Capital Territory and, as a consequence, costing the Territory around $1 billion in investment;

(3) selectively releasing materials to the media which were withheld from the Assembly and withholding the substantial part of the records, showing contempt for the people and Parliament of the Australian Capital Territory; and

(4) failing to properly consider the impact on residents of the data centre and gas fired power plant, and failing to adequately notify or consult with residents, which jeopardised the entire project.


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