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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 2004) . . Page.. 3905 ..

decisions at the expense of good, hardworking business people and families who are just trying to earn an honest living. The email reads:

Dear Helen

Chris and I would like to thank you and your committee for handling the variation the way you did. We appreciate your 4 recommendations made in your report. We have been fighting this for so long now that we just want to get it over with. Recommendation 4 says the government should decide on the substation before the disposal. If the government decides to issue us with a further lease we would like to take up that offer ASAP. We can argue about the substation when it happens. If we have to wait for PAs to be done we could be waiting another year. We understand the substation would be a public purpose and we would have withdrawal clauses in place on our lease. We don’t want the substation but it isn’t an issue for us at this time, we feel it won’t go there anyway. Thank you for all you have done for us.

Christine and Alan.

The committee was quite vigilant in the work that it did on this issue. Given that we did not have much time to work on this issue, it is important to note that individual members of this Assembly outside of this committee waited for a very long time for the government to address this matter. I say once again that it is a travesty that it has been more than two years since Mrs Dunne raised this vital motion. It think it was in April 2002 that Mrs Dunne raised this motion in the Assembly. It is a travesty that this honest, hardworking family has had to wait so long for this matter to be addressed.

We have a duty of care and a responsibility to look out for the people who put us in this place. Every one of us, no matter whether they voted for us or not, has a duty of care and we are the ones that should be deciding that what is happening is in the interests of the community, not bureaucrats who are empire building. I support Mrs Dunne’s request to vote against her motion. I agree with the sentiment that if a lease is issued it should be for a period far longer than 20 years. I think that we need to put these people out of their misery as soon as possible.

Question resolved in the negative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing committee

Report 7

MR SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 7—Person referred to in Assembly—Mr L Burke, including a dissenting report, dated 19 August.

MR HARGREAVES (11.08): I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.


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