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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3514 ..


The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 12

Mr Cain

Ms Burch

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Cheyne

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Clay

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Milligan

Ms Davidson

Mr Steel

Mr Parton

Mr Davis

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Gentleman

Ms Vassarotti

Question resolved in the negative.

Amendment 4 negatived.

Amendments 5 to 7 agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Australian Defence Force—funding

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.31): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT is home to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) headquarters and approximately 8000 ADF and 7000 Australian Public Service Defence personnel;

(b) the ACT is home to approximately 26 000 ADF Veterans;

(c) the economic contribution of the Defence industry to the ACT and surrounding region is $4.3 billion Gross State Product and 25 000 defence-related jobs;

(d) Australia faces an uncertain security environment;

(e) the Greens have pledged to cut defence spending by $300 billion over a decade which would halve the Defence budget;

(f) defence cuts of this magnitude would place ADF personnel at significantly increased risk in future conflicts and compromise the ability to defend Australia;

(g) defence cuts of this magnitude would be devastating to the ACT economy and cause thousands of lost jobs; and

(h) the Greens plan to form coalition government with the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and hold the balance of power in the Senate and will “be pushing for it [ADF cuts] as much as possible”;

(2) further notes the:

(a) Federal ALP has described the Greens’ plan as “delusional”; and

(b) Government has described the plan as “dangerous”; and


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