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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 2275..


I would like to think that we can move beyond the slogans in some of these. When we talk about halting the development of a Catholic school, we know there are details behind that. The Catholic school is now being moved to another part of Gungahlin. I have seen public material where Mr Seselja has commented that the Catholic school will not be going ahead. It is. It is going ahead somewhere else down the road. The point is that Mr Seselja is saying it is not going to happen. But it is actually happening.

I think we need a little more integrity in the way that we talk to the public about what some of the outcomes of these processes are. You can have a debate about whether it should be in Throsby or whether it should be in Nicholls, fair enough. You can have a debate about whether it should be in Throsby, but let us not get into this space of saying that somehow the school has been stopped. I do not think that is an accurate reflection.

Returning to the matter at hand, I thank the government for the discussions we have had on this. I guess we have not seen eye to eye on everything but I think we have been able to find a way that we can update and improve the commissioner's legislation, and that is a welcome step forward. I will comment on a few more of those when we get to the detail stage. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 6: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (5.25), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 18 circulated in my name together [see schedule 2 at page 2304].


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