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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 453 ..


The people of Canberra should be warned that the heartless Labor Party is at it again. Despite constantly claiming to be the party of workers and to stand up for workers' rights, they are proving once again that they do not care. They do not care about workers who have worked hard their entire lives, who have scrimped and saved to provide for their families whilst also working hard to put a little bit away each week to save for their retirements.

If you have worked your entire life because you do not want to be dependent on a government pension, have absolutely no doubt that the Australian Labor Party will come after you. The federal Labor Party is coming after the retirement savings of everyday Australians. They are coming after tax deductions in the form of franking credits of mums and dads and grandmothers and grandfathers who have worked hard to pay their bills to fund a modest retirement with an average annual income of $35,000 a year. Some had hoped to have a small amount left behind to help out their children and grandchildren. And the ACT Labor Party are no different—they are coming after the retirement savings of Canberrans. Who will be next?

This is a war on aspiration. It is a war on hard work. It is a war on the future of many Canberrans. The social and economic impacts of this policy do not stack up. The government's position is socially indefensible. The government's position is economically indefensible. The government's position is morally indefensible. The Labor Party and the Greens have today demonstrated that the only way these 89 hardworking, everyday Canberra families will receive justice is with a change of government at the next election.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 12 : Ms Berry, Ms Orr, Ms J Burch, Mr Pettersson, Ms Cheyne, Mr Ramsay, Ms Cody, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Gentleman, Mr Steel, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 9 : Miss C Burch, Mr Milligan, Mr Coe, Mr Parton, Mrs Dunne, Mr Wall, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 28 November 2018, on motion by Mr Pettersson:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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