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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3528 ..


is losing its soul here. Standing up for the defence community, standing up for jobs and standing up for economy were things that used to be important to Labor values. They have sold that out in this amendment today and in this refusal to even engage in the substantive debate.

Mr Rattenbury and I have had many, many fights, and I disagree with him wholeheartedly on the substantive issues, but he has more guts, as it turns out, on the substantive issue than the rest of the Labor Party combined. I am disappointed in Ms Davidson’s contribution because she has tried to hide behind veterans’ issues instead of engaging in the substantive debate. People need to understand this, and, as I said before, I will be telling them between now and the election, “You think you are voting for flying foxes, but in reality you are voting for Greens who want to rip the heart and soul out of the defence budget, to see the loss of thousands of jobs and to put our defence personnel at risk.” What I was not expecting is that every step of the way they are being aided and abetted by the local Labor Party!

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 14

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2021-2022

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022

Cognate papers:

Standing Committee Reports on Appropriation Bill 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

Debate resumed.


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