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MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

quite rightly said, we have a unanimous report and I think that is to the credit of the members. I would like to record our appreciation of the committee secretary, Jane Carmody, who I thought did a brilliant job in producing the report. Her liaison with the people involved was done sympathetically, empathetically and very professionally-and the report before you is the result. I want to thank Mr Smyth for being the despicable political opportunist that he has been this morning.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order on the word "despicable".

MR SPEAKER: Order! Relevance, please.

MR HARGREAVES: There was no need for Mr Smyth to get up and slag off at policies. There was no need for Mr Smyth to denigrate what the purpose of this report is all about. This report is not a criticism of the ACT government, and it is not a criticism of previous ACT governments. I could criticise this lot because I spent three years fighting them over the idea of whether or not you build a prison and then work the programs into it. I spent three years doing that; but this report is not about criticising ACT governments.

Almost all the jurisdictions in the country are behind in this regard. Almost all of them ignore the plight of the families. This report is an invitation to the ACT Legislative Assembly to get behind this cultural change. I would sincerely hope that we do not turn this into a political football; that we just show these people that we have their concerns at heart and get on with it.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Estimates 2004-2005-Select Committee


MR STEFANIAK (11.13): Mr Speaker, pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Estimates 2004-2005-Select Committee-Report-Appropriation Bill 2004-2005, dated 22 June 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of the proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.


That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


That the report be noted.

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