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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 15 November 2006) . . Page.. 3536 ..

I did not make the suggestion that Mr Smyth refers to.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

Belconnen—40th anniversary

Debate resumed from 20 September 2006, on motion by Ms Porter:

That this Assembly notes the recent 40th anniversary of the establishment of Belconnen.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (3.42): I think I was pretty well closing on the last occasion so I will just say a few more words. It was great to see the festivities over the weekend. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on the fun run and walk. I greatly enjoyed it last year, with Bluey the wonder dog, who needed the exercise more than I did, and my daughter and my son, who reckoned he got there in 30 minutes but I think he was about 50 or something. But it was good just wandering around the stalls in the afternoon and seeing everyone enjoying themselves thoroughly. It was a very good birthday party and I congratulate the government on their assistance in that.

It is a great vibrant community. It is changing, of course, with the new developments around Dunlop, the new mortgage belts out there, and there will be some further development coming along too in west Macgregor. It was a great community atmosphere in terms of the whole area too. We should continue to celebrate this day. For many years it really was not celebrated and so it is good to see in recent times these formal celebrations of the birthday of Belconnen, obviously one of our most important, if not the most important, areas in Canberra.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.44): Belconnen is this year celebrating its 40th year. I did touch on some of these issues in the adjournment debate on the day that Ms Porter moved this motion, for fear that we might not get back to this, so I am glad that we have because I want to pay tribute to the people of Belconnen—and Hall and Nicholls, but essentially the people of Belconnen, whom I represent and have been proud to represent these past nearly five years.

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