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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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We need to allow creative new ways to resolve the inherent challenges of the site—challenges which are also its best assets, I might say. How can we protect the heritage of the brickworks and ensure it has a viable future? How can we take advantage of its unique features without losing its special magic? And how can we allow the space to improve organically by building on the strength of its creative past and present?

I do think we have the creative energy and entrepreneurship in this town to answer some of those questions, and I would like to see the government engaging with the community and the private sector to make this happen. There is some sense that the government needs to spend a vast amount of money to make this happen, but I am very mindful of the fact that what is very popular at the moment is things that perhaps are a little more "grungy", if that is a word I might use in this place—things that are a little more organic, and which have a feel about them which is not necessarily all polished and glass and modernised in some way. I would like to think that we can progress the work at the brickworks in a way that allows for some of those rough edges perhaps to be retained.

In summary, I actually want to thank Mr Doszpot for bringing forward this motion on the Yarralumla brickworks. If he had given me more than about 15 seconds to open my mouth, he would have heard me say that I support the direction of his motion. Mr Barr has moved an amendment. I think that makes a couple of adjustments to Mr Doszpot's motion which reflect some of the work that is going on inside government. I think it is appropriate that some of those points be picked up, so I will be supporting Mr Barr's amendment.

Mr Doszpot: What a surprise.

MR RATTENBURY: Before you roll your eyes and make obnoxious comments, Mr Doszpot, through you, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Rattenbury!

MR RATTENBURY: Sorry.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am calling you to order. Address your remarks through me and reflect on whether "obnoxious" is appropriate. I am not quite sure whether it is. I am not going to make a ruling on it.

MR RATTENBURY: For the benefit of Mr Doszpot—and I must take a deep breath because I should not let him get under my skin—if he actually reads the text of the amendment, he will find that a large part of the text is exactly the same. The government has just made a few adjustments to the text to reflect work that is actually going on. So before Mr Doszpot stands up in this place and undoubtedly gives me a free serve, and before he sends an email out to a bunch of people saying that the rest of the Assembly did not support his motion, I would encourage both Mr Doszpot—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, desist. You are not helping.


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