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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1109 ..


I have met with a number of groups, and my motion reinforces what they have told me the problem is. To quote Tony Abbott, I am not the ‘suppository of all wisdom’! Frankly, I fully declare that I am not a particularly sporty person. It has been a joke among the Greens organisation for some weeks that this is my spokesperson responsibility. If you want a real joke, Madam Speaker, come and see me on any sports field trying to handball; it is going to be laughable!

The point of my motion is in direct response to what stakeholders and constituents have said to me. The ACT Greens sports and recreation policy that we took to the election and that was supported by the electorate was informed by the feedback given to us by stakeholders and by the community.

In summary and in closing, sports deserve a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect them. We need a root and branch review of exactly where sports are being played in Canberra, the facilities which they are subjected to in some instances, and a long-term strategic plan about how we continue to invest to make sports sustainable.

I am encouraged—albeit with the robust contributions made here today—that we as an Assembly are going to unanimously support the motion. Sport is great. I am really excited about spending the next 3½ years as the ACT Greens spokesperson for sports and recreation and finding, reinforcing and developing this newfound love I have for community sport.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Appropriation Bill 2020-2021

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021

Cognate papers:

Committees—Standing—report

Committees—Standing—report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

Debate resumed.

City Renewal Authority—Part 1.14

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.23): Madam Speaker, I was expecting a speaker from the government. Nonetheless, I will speak.


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