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understand it, because the Murray-Darling Basin plan as it stands will have a significant impact on the ACT. That is acknowledged by the government, who have, as I understand it, raised quite a number of concerns about the impact of that plan, although it was Mrs Dunne that raised those issues in the first place.

So the issues that have been raised by me, by Mr Rattenbury and, indeed, by Mr Corbell about the Murray-Darling Basin plan with its stormwater secondary use and the wetlands needs to be brought together as a package so we can understand what is actually occurring with all those projects, how they are interplaying and get a comprehensive view of our water security here in the ACT.

I commend Mrs Dunne’s motion to the Assembly. I congratulate her on the work that she has done and the passion that she has shown to get it to this point. I thank the Greens for their support. Now that the matter has been essentially agreed to, or is about to be agreed to, by the Assembly, I do ask that the government acknowledge that and make sure that they provide the necessary support required to initiate this important inquiry into Canberra’s water system.

Question put:

That Mr Hanson’s motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 6

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Barr

Mr Stanhope

Mr Coe

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mr Doszpot

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Ms Hunter

Ms Porter

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

National Volunteer Week 2011

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) 9 to 15 May is National Volunteer Week 2011;

(b) each day volunteers provide a vital service to the ACT community;

(c) community organisations such as Volunteering ACT are important in promoting volunteering and supporting volunteers in the ACT;

(d) according to the most recent available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, approximately 94 000 Canberrans volunteer each year; and

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