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parameters put in place in the coordinated delivery of additional funding across the states and territories.
There is no question that there must be greater emphasis on the delivery of social services given the greater demand resulting from the current economic climate. The question is: does the Chief Minister and this government have the ability to ensure that this comes about? The community are watching and waiting.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): The discussion has concluded.
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.54): I was just concluding my remarks on an amendment to the motion that I moved this morning as part of notice No 3 moved by Ms Bresnan of the Greens. We had not, as you know, had all that much time to give consideration to the amendment which had been moved by Ms Bresnan.
But on reflection, over the lunch break and with an opportunity to give consideration to it, the government determined that it did not believe that the approach adopted by the Greens enhanced or furthered the nature of the motion that I had moved. The government has accordingly determined that it will not support it. So, having had that opportunity in the time over lunch, that is the position the government will adopt on the motion.
MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.55): The Liberal Party will not be supporting this amendment. We do not believe that it adds anything to our amendment. In fact, it endorses a number of parts of our amendment and then simply adds what I think are motherhood statements that would be standard.
I think the Greens could not quite bring themselves to support our amendment, for whatever reason. There appeared to be not much that they opposed in it and they have wanted to make it their own by adding a few extra little bits and pieces. We do not believe that adds anything at all to the debate. I think the better course would have been to support our amendment since they seem to support most of it. They have not chosen to go down that path. We will not be supporting this amendment.
But it must be said that obviously we will not be supporting the motion. We have already spoken to the reasons but we certainly have put forward our reasons and put forward our reasons for moving the amendment. We believe that amendment is a reasonable reflection and we will not be supporting Ms Bresnan’s amendment.