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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2227 ..

Mr Barr promised last August to table legislation to phase out inefficient replacement hot-water services by May this year. That has still not been met. Mr Corbell, when he was planning minister, promised in 2003 to introduce guidelines on sustainable building materials. Again, this has not yet been carried out.

So I guess I have a degree of hesitation in feeling confident that this legislation will in fact eventuate. But if Mr Barr does in fact put forward such an amendment to the notification process, can I suggest a few more things he might like to add to it. They are things like improving signage around DAs so that people can better see the DA signs and ensuring that signs are put up and can be seen from all publicly visible locations. In my last second, I will just state that the Greens are standing up for the community here. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 13

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Mr Hanson

Ms Hunter

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Porter

Mr Corbell

Mr Seselja

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stanhope

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

Shepherd Centre and Noah’s Ark

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.53): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the discontinuation of the Commonwealth Government’s Non-Government Centres Support element under the Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Program (LNSLN) which will slash funding to the Shepherd Centre and Noah’s Ark;

(b) the loss of certainty of funding for the Shepherd Centre and Noah’s Ark as a result of the reallocation of funding by the Stanhope Government;

(c) the lack of staff within the Department of Education and Training (DET) who are specialised, trained and certified in developing the spoken language skills of deaf or hearing impaired children between 0-5 years old;

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