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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . .

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rant—this ridiculous, childish rant from the Leader of the Opposition—asserting about open space. It is a paddock, Madam Assistant Speaker. It is a paddock that has been vacant ever since the CCAE was first established in the early 1960s. The university wants to build a university on it; we want to help them do that. And they want to see private sector investment in the university, not just public sector investment. At a time when those colleagues opposite in the federal parliament are cutting hundreds of millions of dollars out of the territory education sector, it is incumbent on us to support our territory education sector here in the ACT, and that is exactly what this variation does as well.

There are good and exceptional reasons to proceed this way today. Let us give the University of Canberra confidence. Let us give light rail for Canberra confidence. Let us get on with these important projects that will grow and develop our city for the better. That is why the government is moving the motion, and we will be voting accordingly in relation to this motion this afternoon.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

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

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Appropriation Bill 2015-2016

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee report

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee—government response]

Debate resumed.

Detail stage

Justice and Community Safety Directorate—schedule 1, part 1.15.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.16): I will direct my remarks to the part of this output class that relates to corrections, particularly the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Symonston, and refer to what a debacle this prison has been since its opening. This is a jail that a minister opened prematurely prior to an election, so that it would seem as though the government had a capital works project done on time, although it was a bit


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