Page 991 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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Mr Parton: If you did not laugh, you would cry!

MS LAWDER: Yes, if you were not laughing you would be crying about this. One of the jokes on there that I like was, “In the ACT we used to drive on the left of the road; now we drive on what is left of the road.”

It is really disappointing that the government is trying to pretend all is well when we have people who have been waiting so long for their compensation claim to be assessed. They have not even heard whether it is going to be rejected or not and they certainly have not been reimbursed for hundreds of dollars—nearly a thousand! It is, on average, $800 that they have had to shell out.

What has that meant for average families? Who has $800 just to spend like that? Not many families that I know with young children. I think it is really disappointing that the government is just rejecting this out of hand and not being more respectful about residents and the compensation claims that they put in. They deserve a bit of respect and they deserve a better response to their compensation claims for pothole related damage.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 15

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Cocks

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.

Housing—short-term rentals

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (3.59): I seek leave to amend the motion as circulated by omitting “July” and substituting “November” in paragraph (3)(d).

Leave granted.

MR DAVIS: I move the amended motion:


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