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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . .

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the "calls on the government" parts of our motion have so conflicted Mr Rattenbury. Was it "(a) address the residents' immediate concerns, particularly in respect of public housing"? I wonder if that was a part that really offended Minister Rattenbury. Or was it "(b) work more closely with the Oaks Estate Progress Association to address their concerns about increased rates of crime including providing a more visible police presence"? Or was it "(c) deliver amenity improvements such as safe footpaths, safer intersections, better street lighting and hazard reduction"? Or was it "(d) consider providing an ACTION bus route schedule to ensure, at a minimum, an efficient and affordable direct route for schoolchildren to schools and commuters to work"? The questions remain and I would love to hear Mr Rattenbury's answer to those questions.

Mr Rattenbury spoke in this chamber only this morning about the rising levels of violence in the community and said we must do something to address it. Oaks Estate residents have identified rising levels of crime in their area, but Minister Rattenbury has just decided against doing anything about it, and that is pretty close to hypocrisy. In the interim, Minister Rattenbury, you have to stand for something—through you, Madam Deputy Speaker—and please let it be more than fertility trials for kangaroos.

I reiterate: I am more than disappointed but not surprised by the government's inaction. But it is not me, it is not the Canberra Liberals, you have to answer to for your inaction; it is the residents of Canberra. And they will judge you harshly for your abundance of rhetoric and your absence of action.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Community services—social inclusion

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (3.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Canberra is an inclusive city with diverse social cultures and communities;

(b) that successive Labor governments have invested in quality infrastructure and services which have been central to shaping our inclusive culture;

(c) that any Canberran might need help to be better able to participate in our community at some point in their life; and

(d) that every Canberran can help in building inclusive communities;

(2) further notes the Government's commitment to social inclusion through:

(a) investment in inclusive infrastructure including quality social housing and public transport;

(b) services that support Canberrans to live better lives, including;


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