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I thank Hannah, Monica, Roundabout Canberra, the Repair Cafes at Ginninderry and at the UC, and all other residents and community organisations who are engaged in helping us to be wiser in our management of textiles and other resources here in the ACT. I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas that such people and organisations will bring to upcoming public consultation on this matter. Thank you.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (3.53), in reply: I thank all the members today for their contribution to the debate. I think the point has really been made that there is a lot of opportunity in how we start to avoid waste from textiles. We have had quite a bit of noting here of the activities that are already happening across our community.

But I think that, as Ms Clay pointed out, there is an opportunity for extra support from government and coordination from government to really take that to the next level. There is an imperative to do it, given the environmental impact that so many members today have highlighted that comes from textile waste. It is not just the waste to landfill, as so many have noted, including me; it is also the impact on the environment from the production of textiles and some of our practices, particularly around fast fashion.

I commend the motion to the Assembly and I thank everyone for their support. When you have got all three parties singing from the same song sheet, you know you are onto a good thing. It is nice to have everyone agreeing within the chamber, and I look forward to the work that goes forward on this and that the minister leads. I can tell him now that there are a lot of locally based designers and practitioners out there who are very excited about the prospect of the work that can come from this. So, once again, thanks to all members. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Light rail stage 2A—economic analysis

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.55): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that, in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing on 12 May regarding its inquiry into the Auditor-General’s Report on the Light Rail Stage 2A Economic Analysis, the Auditor-General:

(a) was critical of cost omissions from the Light Rail Stage 2A Business Case that could have been reasonably foreseen, particularly in relation to a wire-free operating system;

(b) believed the present value of the project cost estimate was understated for a variety of reasons, including the absence of a nominal cost figure for development of the Acton waterfront;

(c) indicated that Acton waterfront development costs could be in the order of between $80 million and $100 million compared with a present value figure of $23 million cited in the business case;

(d) reiterated that expected costs associated with Light Rail Stage 2A, including Acton waterfront development costs, should be updated in publicly available documents;

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