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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2321 ..

In that regard, as Mrs Dunne has indicated, given that the Chief Minister has moved his amendments, the opposition will be supporting the government’s amendments. At this time, we will not be supporting the Greens’ amendments. That being said, with Mr Stanhope’s amendment, there is a slight addition that needs to be made in paragraph 3(b) of an extra word, “ensure”, so that it reads correctly, but I understand that has been given to the clerk and will be taken into account when the motion is passed.

Without a doubt, when this cull takes place, there will be pelts from the animals and meat from the animals for which there are markets. I have heard of one estimate that, of the number of animals to be killed, something in the order of $150,000 worth of pelts and meat would be made available by the cull. The question is: what do we do with it? Do we simply bulldoze a hole in the ground and waste it, or do we make something out of a very poor situation—which nobody is willingly going into—and make some use of the materials that are presented out of this unfortunate circumstance. This is simply all that Mrs Dunne is saying—let us dispose of them commercially rather than just wasting them.

It is not rocket science. It is an unfortunate position we find ourselves in, but there are some options that we can discuss. That we cannot do it this year, as indicated by the amendments, is something that we have now discovered, but perhaps it is something that needs to be taken into account. As the Chief Minister has said, by the last sitting day in 2010, he will report to the Assembly on the progress of this work. I commend the motion, as it may well be amended, to the Assembly.

Question put:

That Mr Rattenbury’s amendment to Mr Stanhope’s proposed amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 11

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Mr Hanson

Ms Hunter

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stanhope

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Given that the result of that division has been determined, the question now is that Mr Stanhope’s proposed amendment be agreed to.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.55): I seek leave to move a further amendment circulated in my name, which is with the clerk now and is coming around quite shortly. If I am granted leave, I will speak to it while it is being circulated, briefly.

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