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She let the “annually” word stand. She was happy for that to stand in the community to overstate the position until she was called to account. Until she was called to account, there it was on the record. We thank the Greens for their support today. It will be an interesting time over the next 50 or so weeks.

But as I said when I started, truth is important, honesty is important. Indeed, Mr Seselja said in his speech: “I am sure ACT Labor is going to decry the costs of these announcements. In fact, on past form, they are likely to claim that they will send the territory bankrupt, probably within the week.”

How prophetic was that? He was right. They bodgied up the numbers. The guesstimate was made in the head of the Chief Minister. The guesstimate is wrong. The guesstimate has no basis in fact and we will insist on truth. We will insist on honesty in the lead-up to the election. I thank members for their support today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australian Republican Movement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.17): Last week—last Tuesday evening, in fact—I had the great pleasure of co-hosting with Mr Barr and Mr Seselja an event here at the Assembly for the Australian Republican Movement. The event was the launch of the Australian Republican Movement’s vision and policy document. It is a short statement, but I think it is an extremely good statement. I should perhaps declare—although I think this is on my register of interests—that I am a member of the Australian Republican Movement. I think the document it has produced is a very good piece on the issue at hand. It sets out what the Australian Republican Movement advocates. I will briefly read that because I think it sets it up well:

The ARM advocates an Australian Republic, with the Australian people being unambiguously sovereign in a fully independent Australian nation.

The document goes on to spell out what is an Australian republic:

An Australian Republic is the final step in Australia’s continuing journey towards full independence and nationhood. It will have a resident Australian citizen as Head of State, chosen through a process that reflects Australian values of a discriminatory process over which Australians have no control.

Then it goes on to other things. The next section is headed “Why an Australian Republic?” It sets out a number of important steps. What I said when I spoke at the event last Tuesday night was that there are some important reasons spelt out here but, for most Australians, the question of a republic or not is a very personal one. I

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