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government rather than words, a vomit of words of declarations; they are decorating the ACT government’s care protection with nothing but words and no commitment and no action.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Murrumbidgee electorate—Weston Creek

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (4.49): Weston Creek is a great community living in a native bush setting of gum trees, native birds and bushland hilltops, which the community enjoy and explore every day. It is a great place to live and raise a family, as I have for the last 12 years in that setting. There are many original residents of the region and many of my constituents were the first to move into their streets in the 1960s and ’70s. There are also newer and younger people moving in and revitalising homes and gardens. The population has grown to well over 28,000 across eight suburbs: Stirling, Weston, Waramanga, Holder, Fisher, Rivett, Chapman and Duffy.

Chapman is named for Sir Austin Chapman, the first member of Eden-Monaro, a liberal nationalist. He was an enthusiastic champion of federating Australia and pushed for the introduction of the old age pension. He was whip in Sir Edmund Barton’s government and known for having a very keen interest in all the local needs of his electorate.

Duffy was named for Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, another member of our first federal parliament, fighting for emancipation as a young lawyer in Ireland for the Catholic population. Ever the justice warrior, when he came to the parliament, the first thing that he did was move legislation to eliminate the need to be a landholder to be eligible to stand for the Australian federal parliament.

Fisher was named for Andrew Fisher, three times Prime Minister of Australia, who came from humble beginnings to establish the Labor Party of Australia.

Holder was named after Sir Frederick William Holder, another member of the first federal government, representing South Australia. A warm federalist, he had a particular interest in land tax. His wife was a lay preacher. He served as a Speaker and was aloof from party politics as an independent. He collapsed on the floor of the parliament and died the same day in 1909. He is described by Sir William Snowden as one of the smartest administrators ever known in Australian politics.

Rivett is named for the Tasmanian born Sir David Rivett, a Rhodes scholar and science graduate who lectured in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He was

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