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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2032..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

Emergency Service. That is just one example of what was left to this government by those opposite.

It is interesting, of course, that Mr Smyth is not here-Mr Smyth being the minister for a considerable time. It is interesting how all these little legacies that Mr Smyth left are coming home to haunt us: the failure to fund the ESB and the lease on the Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park. His legacy is getting longer and longer every day. I think we should just send him a big bill.

That aside, the point that I wish to make in the debate tonight is this: the government are not in any way undermining the capacity or the ability of our emergency services to do their work. On the contrary, we are resourcing them even more: more volunteer fire fighters, more State Emergency Service volunteers, more ACT Fire Brigade fire fighters, more ambulances and more fire-fighting vehicles. That is our record. It is a proud record and it is a record we will maintain whilst ensuring that there is close and effective oversight of the financial and budget management of the emergency services into the future, freeing up our commissioner and our chief officers to do the work they need to do in protecting our community.

Amendment negatived.

Schedule 1, part 1.2 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition) (10.47): I seek leave to move amendments 7 to 19 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move the rest of my amendments circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2037].

The amendments are consequential on what we have done today.

Amendments negatived.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Standing order 76-suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of the sitting.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:


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