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In July last year the ACT government advertised a tender for an experienced service provider to undertake an analysis of current ACT Property Group community facilities within the Belconnen and Woden region, and recommend options to inform ACTPG’s management of and investment in community facilities. The wording of Ms Orr’s motion today suggests that this review has now been downgraded to a mere stocktake which “could”—note the word “could”—“be used to inform future planning”.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will happen; and, although past performance is not necessarily an accurate predictor of the future, we all know what this government’s past performance looks like when it comes to making sure that Canberrans have reasonable access to suitable community facilities. This failure is nowhere more apparent than in those parts of the city with booming populations but no, or virtually no, facilities.

This motion calls on Labor and the Greens to engage with the community services sector to help them find their way out of this completely avoidable and highly foreseeable planning mess. Frankly, I hope that it works because something needs to be done. I therefore commend this motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate targets and commitments


Ms Lawder, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 11 November 2021, presented the following papers:

Climate targets and commitments—

Copy of letter from ACT Liberal Leader, to the Prime Minister, dated 20 December 2021.

Letter from the Prime Minister to the ACT Liberal Leader, dated 14 January 2022.

ACT Policing—resourcing

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.22): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT government has underfunded and under-resourced ACT Policing for years;

(b) the latest Report on Government Services from the Productivity Commission shows that the ACT has the lowest:

(i) number of police per capita in Australia;

(ii) funding per person for police in Australia;

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