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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3231..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

the wonderful things that the Howard Liberal government has done I think is a little bit precious.

I do not have an issue with the first part of Mr Smyth's amendment. I do accept that it would probably be better to refer to health professionals rather than medical professionals, because the motion clearly covers the whole range of professionals, not just those with medical training.

I cannot accept the second part of Mr Smyth's amendment. I will move that the question be divided when we come to deal with Mr Smyth's amendment. I think the motion speaks for itself. I am sorry that Dr Foskey was not able to get down early enough to speak on this motion.

DR FOSKEY: I was not going to.

MS MacDONALD: She was not going to anyway. I think it is an important matter and one that stands on its own. I commend the motion.

Ordered that the amendment be divided.

Amendment No 1 agreed to.

Question put:

That amendment No 2 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Schools-closures

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (3.41): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the ACT government to conduct and then release a full cost/benefit analysis of the Towards 2020 proposal before closing, amalgamating or reorganising any ACT government schools.

This is an extremely simple motion. It asks the government to conduct and publicly release a full cost-benefit analysis of its Towards 2020 plan for school reorganisation and closures. I should note that this is something that the government has itself committed to


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