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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 August 2011) . . Page.. 3789 ..

facilities, things like health and education. These should be the priorities of government. Today again they have reaffirmed that they will pursue this crazy project—this overpriced building, this oversized building, this unnecessary building—at a time when we simply do not need it, at a time when we simply cannot afford it.

The amendments that have been passed to the motion are effectively a green light for the government. They let the government off the hook and they encourage them to spend more money on this project. They encourage them to continue down this path. We will not support the amended motion but I do commend what was in our original motion—that is, that the government should abandon this. They should abandon this project. They should get on with governing. They should get on with the real priorities of Canberrans. That is why I commend the original motions to the Assembly. I call again on the government to do the right thing and abandon this project.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Bresnan

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Commonwealth public service—proposed job cuts

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (4.10): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the steps taken by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments in recent years to create jobs for Canberrans;

(b) the Federal Liberal Party’s scheme to sack up to 12 000 Canberrans from the Commonwealth Public Service;

(c) this will impact on the ACT economy and community in a similar way as when the Federal Liberals sacked Canberrans from the Commonwealth Public Service in 1996;

(d) the impact job losses will have on the cost of living for Canberra families; and

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