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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 August 2011) . . Page.. 3788 ..


Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Barr’s amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That Ms Hunter’s amendment, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Ms Hunter’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.03): Madam Assistant Speaker, we now, again, have a re-affirmation by this government that they will be pushing ahead with this project. I think that that is a concern, and it should be a concern to all Canberrans. There are only so many projects a government can pursue. There is only so much money they have to spend. If they spend $432 million on this government office project, a government office we do not need, they will limit their ability to spend money on far more important priorities. This is a question of values and a question of priorities.

When they say no to the community group that needs an upgrade of their own, when they say no to the school that needs a capital injection, when they say no to a road duplication, or a road fix, when they say no to the fix up of local facilities, we can go back to the fact that their priorities were in the wrong place. They are pursuing a $430 million spend in the wrong place. They are engaging in something that is absolutely not core business for an ACT government at the expense of things that should be core business for the ACT government—things like roads, things like local sporting


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