Page 1442 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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I am very pleased that we have had support here today. This has dragged on longer than I would have liked it to, but I think we have come to a good point here today where we have finally got agreement from the government that they will be coming back and they will be letting people know, on 1 May, exactly what we are talking about and how they are going to engage and include people in decisions that are made. That is very important. As I said, I do not think we can allow the speculation, the angst and the anxiety to continue. And it has been growing; it has been growing by the week.

I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the COAG discussion on 13 April. The minister has put into his amendments that they will not proceed any further with the collaborative venture until after that meeting. In my understanding, that includes setting up the implementation group. I think the feeling is that it is no use proceeding and setting anything up if the 13 April meeting does not produce funding or any outcomes that are going to be able to help progress any collaborative venture.

Again, I say thank you to members. I look forward to seeing this information. My expectation is that this will be a thorough and an inclusive conversation and engagement process with the community before any final decisions are made.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Canberra centenary

Debate resumed.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.57): Given the outbreak of a spirit of collaboration to support this motion, I seek leave to withdraw my original amendments and then move the revised set of amendments circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

Amendments withdrawn.

MR SMYTH: I seek leave to move the amendments circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I move:

(1) Omit subparagraph (1)(f) and insert after “notes”:

“(aa) the national significance of celebrating the foundation of the centenary of Australia’s capital city;”.

(2) Insert new subparagraphs (1)(g), (h) and (i):

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