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In the context of policies, proposals or vision, we see a criticism of the government’s decision to expand the Cotter dam and a return to the Tennent. I presume the Liberal position is that, if they are elected, they will abandon the decision to expand the Cotter dam and simply resort to their old flawed and significantly challenged policy of a dam in a rain shadow. Unfortunately, in that particular policy decision or change there was no expression of how the opposition in government would pay for it and what aspects of the budget now before the Assembly they would not proceed with in order to fund a dam at Tennent.

With those brief comments, I will close. I look forward to the debate in detail and to continuing the contributions and actually expanding on the ways in which this budget prepares Canberra for the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Reference to Select Committee on Estimates 2008-2009

Motion (by Mr Stanhope) agreed to:

That the Appropriation Bill 2008-2009 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2008-2009.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 3

MR SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Report 3—Application for Citizen’s Right of Reply: President, Curfew 4 Canberra Inc, dated 7 May 2008, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (6.20): I move:

That the report be adopted.

Mr Speaker, I will be very mindful of the standing orders in relation to this matter and not reveal what was discussed in the committee, which often does make it quite difficult at times such as this to be able to talk too much about the case at hand. It is hard that, when it is brought before the committee, other members are not privileged or privy to the details of the discussions of that committee. That can also become a difficulty: if ever this was moved any further forward than it was today, it would be a difficult one for members to vote on.

I have to say that I have a degree of sympathy with anyone believing that they have been wronged in this place, and there is a certain degree of sympathy for Curfew 4 Canberra in this instance. But, sadly, the committee had to decide that the only place

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