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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1389 ..


As is so often the case, I rise on behalf of the residents of my electorate of Yerrabi to implore the government to do something for them. By that I mean action on an important issue for business—parking. The notice of motion that I bring to the Legislative Assembly today calls on the government to provide parking to support businesses at the Yerrabi Pond foreshore. I refer to parking which the government planned for eight years ago—back in 2013. Eight years on, the government is still in power, yet nothing has happened—nothing! So I am on my feet to urge this government to act. No more talk. We have had so much talk from our politicians—from our ministers, in particular—but the irony is that while there are truckloads of talk, there is often very little action.

Too often, reviews, consultations and task forces are used as excuses by government to be seen to be doing something when it is actually doing very little. My message to government is show that you back businesses by providing the parking that you planned for eight years ago. I have spoken several times in this place about the Labor-Greens government neglect of small business. The fact that the government recently opposed the Canberra Liberals’ call to establish a small business ministerial advisory council speaks volumes about that. Their attitude to a small business—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Ms Castley, there is a point of order.

Ms Stephen-Smith: Mr Deputy Speaker, under standing order 52, a member cannot adversely reflect on a vote that has occurred in the chamber. Ms Castley is repeatedly doing that by commenting on the vote that occurred three weeks ago. I suggest she should withdraw.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Ms Castley, I remind you of standing order 52. A member may not reflect adversely upon any vote of the Assembly. I think we can move forward from there. Just reflect on that, please.

MS CASTLEY: Certainly. Can I refer to the Hansard transcript where Minister Cheyne said that—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes, of course.

MS CASTLEY: —a ministerial advisory council for small business would be a burden and time consuming?

Ms Cheyne: I did not say that.

MS CASTLEY: Page 1,154.

Mrs Jones: Listen to your quote.

MS Cheyne: I have read it. I never said, “time consuming”. Point it out.

MS CASTLEY: Okay. You pointed out that it would take a lot of time.


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