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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 May 2018) . . Page.. 1541 ..

just another occasion when the Canberra Liberals will be bringing to the Assembly the things which are patently clear to the people of the ACT.

This is not a cheap stunt. To rephrase Christine Keeler, “She would say that, wouldn’t she?” Of course, you would say that it is a cheap stunt. It is the only way that the minister for health can deflect the fact that she has failed. She took 20-plus minutes to demonstrate exactly why everything in this motion that I move today is correct. It is correct. She knows that it is correct. She knows that she is a failure. The Greens know that she is a failure. But the Greens will join together and close ranks so that Shane Rattenbury can continue to be a minister and Caroline Le Couteur can get more privileges as a backbencher than anyone else in this place.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 12

Miss C Burch

Mr Milligan

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Mr Parton

Ms J Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mr Hanson

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Safe and inclusive schools initiative—petition 25-17

By Ms Orr, from 1,483 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that students present to all schools, government and non-government, with a range of personal characteristics, including diversity in gender identity and presentation, sexual orientation and intersex status.

As an inclusive community, Canberrans overwhelmingly support schools respecting, welcoming and celebrating diversity and encouraging children to be themselves.

When this does not occur, children can face bullying and discrimination that damages mental health, lowers academic achievement, lowers rates of school attendance and increases rates of self-harm and suicide.

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