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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 797 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

is wanted in this place to planning. We have just heard that the sale of this block and what is put on it will determine what will be on the big block. If Mr Moore thinks that that is fine, great; let that be on the record.

Mr Osborne is not into planning. He never says that he is into planning. I will be calling for a division because I think that this issue is important for planning in the ACT. The argument put in the debate today by two of the gentlemen on the urban services committee got to the point of being bizarre in terms of how they did not respond to my motion.

Question put:

That Ms Tucker's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

 		Ayes 7                     Noes 10

 Mr Berry  	Ms Tucker  		Mrs Burke  	Mr Moore
 Mr Corbell  	Mr Wood  		Mr Cornwell  	Ms Osborne
 Mr Hargreaves    			Mr Hird  	Mr Rugendyke
 Mr Quinlan    				Mr Humphries  	Mr Smyth
 Mr Stanhope    			Mr Kaine  	Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.

International Women's Day-assistance to women in crisis

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (4.50): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move:

That this Assembly notes the significance of International Women's Day and reaffirms its commitment to providing assistance to women in crisis by ensuring that:

(1) all women escaping domestic violence have priority access to emergency accommodation; and

(2) existing women's crisis accommodation services are sufficiently resourced to enable them to keep pace with demand.

As members would be aware, tomorrow is International Women's Day. It is a day on which we celebrate the contribution of women to society, to life and to worldwide culture in a diversity of different environments.

Women have succeeded across a whole range of spheres throughout the ages. While we celebrate women's achievements, I believe it is just as important not to lose sight of the special needs of women in our community. Despite significant progress in ensuring equality for women in many areas, there are still women in crisis who are disenfranchised, disempowered and ill equipped to deal with the pressure of everyday life. My motion is designed to ensure that we continue to focus on these women and on the services that support them.

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