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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 August 2005 2005) . . Page.. 3142 ..


I want a guarantee from this government that that $43 million will stay on the table. There is no guarantee of that. It is very clear from what Mr Stanhope said to the parents outside the ALP conference and the minister said at the meeting at Ginninderra district high when this proposal was first announced that this is a “take it or leave it”: “We build the uber school or the money goes. There are no other options.” The Ginninderra district community also wants a guarantee that once the kids have been evicted from the school, essentially evicted, and the school is demolished that money will be, in fact, spent in west Belconnen.

There is no guarantee, there is no appropriation, there is no commitment from this government except one press release, and the people of west Belconnen have asked me to ask you—this was not my idea—to give a rock-solid commitment that when the children have been evicted and when the Ginninderra district high school has been demolished there will still be $43 million to build a new school, because they doubt your word.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s amendment to Ms Gallagher’s proposed amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Question so resolved in the negative.

Mrs Dunne’s amendment negatived.

Question put:

That Ms Gallagher’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.


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