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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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And just recently we have gone out to look at what other community sports might like to locate into that space. To date we have not had any responses from anyone in that community sport area.

Let me get this straight. ACTSport were "encouraged"—and I use that word in inverted commas—to move from Sports House in Hackett where they were supposed to be able to rent out space to some of the sports they represented and in return they could use some of that rent to help offset their own costs in this space at the University Canberra.

The move was not at ACTSport's request but to satisfy some sort of government or, more correctly, the Chief Minister's, grand vision for the university to be a sports centre. The offer was that ACTSport would move and then on-sell some of the space. ACTSport found that difficult, impossible, to do and told the government that and the government then decided that ACTSport was not required anymore; it was an outdated model. Having enticed them to come into an area the government then found it easier to bring down the entity that was so useful to the Canberra community for so long.

How is any business model going to succeed in an environment promoted and encouraged by this government when no-one wants to move there? Quite clearly it is another bright idea—or perhaps not so bright idea—from this government that has not worked and the community, as usual, is paying the price. Once again we have seen this government get it wrong but place the blame on someone else. It is always someone else. It is "them". It is never teflon Andrew who in the past has managed to weasel his way out of tricky situations. But the good news for the community is that the Chief Minister's teflon is starting to wear thin.

Ms Berry: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you have been here long enough. Sit down. Thank you. Ms Berry.

Ms Berry: Speakers have made a number of suggestions in this place that people should be correctly referred to by their title. Mr Doszpot has referred to the Chief Minister inappropriately.

MR DOSZPOT: ON the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, can we stop the clock?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: The word "teflon" is not a disparaging remark.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I just remind everybody to be respectful and to refer to people by their appropriate title.

MR DOSZPOT: Teflon is a sheer and veneer—


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