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Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 15

Noes 8

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) during the recent Estimates hearings, it was revealed that the ACT Government has paid more than $43,000 in claims for damage from potholes to motorists in 2022 alone;

(b) at the time of the Estimates hearings, the average amount for a pothole claim was $860;

(c) it was revealed that there had already been a significant increase in the amount of pothole damage claims paid by the ACT government, already at 50 so far in 2022, compared to 40 in 2021 and 16 in 2020;

(d) spending ratepayers’ money on pothole damage claims is a complete waste of money and demonstrates the government’s failure at the most basic level of municipal services;

(e) community concern continues to grow about the amount and severity of potholes on ACT roads;

(f) persistent rain has contributed to the number of potholes but so too has a lack of proactive road maintenance in warmer months;

(g) delivering safe and accessible roads is a basic government responsibility that the Labor-Greens Government is failing at; and

(h) Canberrans pay exorbitant levels of rates and it is not unreasonable of them to expect adequate roads in return; and

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