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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1307 ..

Mrs Jones: It is not transparent.

MR DAVIS: It can’t be more transparent with all of the cameras in here, Mrs Jones. It could not be more transparent than that. Everybody in Canberra gets to see this debate. Instead of genuinely reflecting on the contributions by Ms Clay on the compromised position that the planning committee find themselves in, we see the Canberra Liberals doing what the Canberra Liberals are uniquely good at and have become experts in, as the nation’s longest-serving opposition—being oppositional for opposition’s sake.

There will always be a conversation that 25 members in this room will have with our constituents in the broader Canberra community about what multiparty governments look like—power-sharing governments, two distinct parties with a publicly available, transparent contractual agreement on how they will govern, and about them having the occasional disagreement. They choose to respect the electorate, to bring that debate into the chamber and to have that debate in an open and transparent way.

Ms Lee: That’s the point. We’re not having a debate. You didn’t have the debate.

MR DAVIS: I am so glad that you bring me to that point. We find that three of our 25 would be disenfranchised from participation and voting in that debate, based on an addition from Mr Parton earlier, simply because they hold other important responsibilities within this parliament and to the people of Canberra by virtue of their position on the planning committee.

The idea that, in order to grandstand, this Canberra Liberals opposition would be prepared to disenfranchise those three members of the planning committee in order to extend the debate—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Davis, the time for the debate has expired.

Question resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Multicultural affairs—peace pole

Ahmadiyya mosque

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (4.41): On 21 March, the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley, along with many representatives of faith and cultural communities, unveiled the peace pole at Nara Park. What a wonderful occasion displaying a desire for worldwide peace. Well done to everyone involved.

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