Page 3807 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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Mr Smyth: She has complained that I have slurred all these people, but I have not been told what the slurs are. If I am guilty—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Thank you, members. I think this is part of the ordinary cut and thrust of the debate. Ms Porter, you have the floor to continue.

MS PORTER: Thank you. Ms Hunter speaks to the very clear intention of the federal Liberal opposition—that is, the 12,000 job cuts that they have promised will be delivered. Ms Hunter talks about the effect of these job losses which will have a devastating flow-on effect to families and individuals in Canberra, and we are happy to support Ms Hunter’s foreshadowed amendment. Of course, we are very concerned that whole departments, such as the very important department of climate change, are to be disbanded. Of course, she is correct. it is really obvious that the Liberals do not believe in climate change. That can be the only reason why they would disband this department. It is one more woody-headed and wrong-headed decision at best.

We will not be supporting the Liberals’ amendment, as I said. I am also very disappointed that the amendment was dropped on our desks at the very last minute. Ms Hunter, however, paid me the courtesy of letting me know what her foreshadowed amendment was and, as I said, we will be supporting the amendment when she moves it later.

Question put:

That Mr Seselja’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 9

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Hanson

Dr Bourke

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Seselja

Ms Bresnan

Ms Porter

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (5.17), by leave: I move:

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