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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 June 1995) . . Page.. 871 ..


before us, on the best interpretation, I think you could say that these were cosmetic changes only, a shuffling of the deckchairs; but, on the worst interpretation, you would be forced to draw the conclusion that Mrs Carnell's rhetoric about streamlining, rationalisation, sharper focus, fewer departments and all of the rest of it can have only one real meaning, and that is fewer jobs in the public sector.

Mr Speaker, my Labor colleagues and I will be monitoring this situation very carefully indeed; but I suggest to Mrs Carnell that, as a bare minimum, if she wants to whitter on about the name of the service, it is fully within her power to change it. I suggest that she stop whingeing, start behaving like a government and make that change, if she is serious about it.

Debate (on motion by Ms Tucker) adjourned.

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Watson, Section 61, Block 8 (Former Starlight Drive-In Site)

MR MOORE (5.14): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 2 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, entitled “Report on Watson, Section 61, Block 8 (Former Starlight Drive-In Site)”, together with a copy of the relevant extracts from the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to the Speaker for circulation on Wednesday, 14 June 1995, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 1 June 1995. I ask for leave to move a motion authorising the publication of the report.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you, members. I move:

That the Assembly authorises the publication of Report No. 2 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, entitled “Report on Watson, Section 61, Block 8 (Former Starlight Drive-In Site)”.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR MOORE (5.15): I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I appreciate the Assembly's support for the authorisation of the publication of the report. It is an unusual move; but in this case there were some matters within the report that may have been considered defamatory, although I do not believe them to be so. Nevertheless, following your letter, it is appropriate that the Assembly authorise that publication. With that now done, I think it important that we move to the fundamental question, which is the issue of the Starlight Drive-In site.


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