Page 1507 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 6 April 2011

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third-party insurance, who claim to represent their constituents, in effect just kowtow to the Labor Party.

What has been said today is that all of this information is going to come or that it is absolutely not essential or that we should not get involved in the planning process—or whatever. The fact is that there are very many people in Ginninderra that are very concerned about the situation in Jamison and they want information. And I do not think that is unreasonable. The motion I had on the table was deliberately very reasonable. I did not put political spin in it. We could have. We did not do that. We asked for five very simple things.

Some people at the meeting wanted this place to go much, much further than what has been presented here. But what we have said is that these five requests are actually quite reasonable. Instead, Labor and the Greens, as they so often do, have teamed up to let the government get away with not providing information to the community.

We heard that it would be good to have an express bus back to Jamison. I agree; it would be good to have that. That is more likely to actually increase the parking required at Jamison, because if you have an express bus, it turns into a park-and-ride facility and you need more parking there, Ms Le Couteur. We also heard, “It’s demographic change, there are two new residents in a house et cetera.” I am afraid that does not quite cut it with the people who attended the meeting.

At the end of the day, the 225 people who went to that meeting actually want answers. The take-out message from this debate is that Labor and the Greens were unable to represent the constituents of Ginninderra who so desperately want information. That is clearly the take-out message. It was a very reasonable request. Instead, Labor and the Greens have teamed up to not allow this information to flow on to the residents of Aranda, Cook, Macquarie and others who use the Jamison Group Centre.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (7.01): I would like to bring the attention of the Assembly to Youth Homelessness Matters Day, which is today. On any given night in Australia 105,000 people are homeless and about 44,000 of these people are under the age of 25 years.

Youth Homelessness Matters is about raising the public awareness about youth homelessness and to celebrate the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in our country. The day is linked to the activities held during National Youth Week. The National Youth Coalition for Housing, or NYCH, adopted the

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