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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1202..


I could go on, and I have plenty of notes about this. The justice system is a beauty. Anyway, I am very glad this motion has been so popular. I think only Ms Berry and Dr Bourke have not spoken to this; I am not sure why they chose not to when the others did. It is clear that we have different priorities on this side than on the other side. It is true of any government—I would say it is sometimes true, I have to admit, of Liberal governments—that as they get old and tired—and this government has been around for 13 years now and it is certainly happening in this case—they start to look more and more at the issues that affect them personally—looking after their mates, listening to a narrow group of bureaucrats and focusing on the issues that matter to them.

We will not be doing that, Madam Assistant Speaker. We will look after all those people who want to send their kids to different sorts of schools and who make that choice. We will look after those who live in the outer suburbs and need better provision of amenities and roads. We will look after those people who are waiting longer than anyone else in the country for emergency treatment. We will work hard for those people who are paying higher rates, paying the highest bills and paying the highest taxes per capita than anyone else in the country. Those people are paying more and more and are getting less and less.

Fundamentally, we will look after those people who believe they can make their own choices, who know how to spend their own money and make their own decisions and live their own lives. We will be doing that for all of them. I think we can fulfil that. That is the vision I have and it is one of the fundamental reasons I came into politics—that is, to make Canberra the best place for everyone to live, to raise a family and to get ahead. That is what we will deliver for the people of Canberra.

That is something you will hear from us repeatedly over the next two and a half years. That is our vision; that is what we are going to do and you will increasingly hear more of the policy agenda that we will flesh out. I believe we will make that a reality and make this a better place than we are seeing under this government that has lost its way.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended agreed to.


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