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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Total appropriations agreed to.

Clauses 1 to 10, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Mr Hinder Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2016-2017

Debate resumed from 7 June 2016, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (8.09): I would like to say that the opposition has been very impressed with the work that has been done within the Legislative Assembly over the past term. I think that it has been an interesting period in that the Office of the Legislative Assembly has had to manage the current business whilst also preparing for the future and it has been, I think, relatively seamless. The debates, the committees, the business of this place have been incrementally improved, I think, throughout this term. What we have seen is a reconditioning of the building. We have seen some of the staff move. We have seen significant changes to upstairs and an increase in capacity for ministerial suites and the additional capacity for other members throughout the building. I commend Madam Speaker for her role in that as well as all of the staff that have ably assisted her led ably by Mr Tom Duncan, the Clerk.

I would also like to make note of the work done by the committees during this period. I think that it is on the record that I had concerns about the two-Labor, two-Liberal structure, and I still retain those concerns. I do not think that that is ideal but what I


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