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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 February 2018) . . Page.. 205 ..


The community is rallying and I can assure you, social equity issues are at stake here. Do you really want this matter to become a political thorn in your side? We can put a face to the vulnerable, we can tell the human story. All Minister Fitzharris can do is cite anecdotal indicators.

Old Narrabundah is not resistant to change, we want to be included in those changes.

Where is the genuine engagement, so far all that has been forthcoming is political duck-speak and a lot of ducking and weaving.

I could go on and on. However, in the interests of time, what I will say is this. I have read the minister’s amendment to my motion. The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting that amendment because, once again, it is another attempt at rewriting the entire motion, absolutely ignoring the key issues that I have brought to this Assembly because they are of great concern to the people in the inner south, and it is another self-congratulatory amendment that completely hijacks the issues. It is disappointing but not surprising that the Greens are in the front row giving them a standing ovation for what they are doing.

On that basis, I commend my original motion. The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting the amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Ms J Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Miss C Burch

Ms Lee

Ms Cheyne

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Ms Cody

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Gentleman

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Office for mental health

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.35): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Labor/Greens Parliamentary Agreement for the 9th Assembly provides for the establishment of an Office for Mental Health;


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