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Monday, 15 August 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (9.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal Country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal Country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Chief Minister

Motion of no confidence

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (9.01): I move:

That this Assembly no longer has confidence in the Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr MLA.

The opposition has lost confidence in the Chief Minister and this Labor-Greens government. This is a fractured government, a deeply divided government, a shambolic government. We bring this motion today because we have lost confidence in the Chief Minister’s ability to guarantee supply and to deliver a stable coalition government.

Earlier this month, the Chief Minister delivered a budget that does not have the full support of his government. We know this because Mr Rattenbury, the ACT Greens leader, senior cabinet minister and Expenditure Review Committee member, made the extraordinary admission on the night of the budget that he does not fully support his government’s budget and that the Greens would move against certain items of expenditure. Let me read the words of Mr Rattenbury:

There are some elements of this budget that we do not support.

He went on to say:

As such, for the first time, the ACT Greens will move to amend the Budget on the floor of the Assembly to vote against this item.

This is truly extraordinary! Mr Rattenbury and the Greens have said that they do not support elements of Mr Barr’s budget. If this is truly an issue of principle for the Greens, they will not be able to support an unamended appropriation bill. Mr Barr does not have the support of his own cabinet for his budget. What this means is that confidence must be tested in the Chief Minister’s ability to deliver supply.

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