Page 1447 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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know as a former student politician and therefore with some knowledge of campaigning is that certainly this Assembly can influence the outcome. If we were to come together in another moment of collaboration and agree that all the parties in this place thought that this was a good outcome for the residents of Canberra—and I hear Mr Smyth’s comments that he does not—and we were to pass a motion in this place asking the federal government to do it, I am sure that would cut some sway. So I am not prepared to sit back and look entirely powerless in this situation. That was my observation. In fact, I do not think I made an observation about the Assembly’s ability to do it. I think Mr Barr has had a lend there. Nonetheless, I will at least clarify my understanding of the situation.

Amendments agreed to.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (4.12): I thank members for their contributions to the debate and their general support of the motion. I am also pleased that we were all able to work together to reach agreement in relation to the various amendments that we saw before us earlier in the day and to reach the point we arrived at.

I agree with Mr Rattenbury in his remarks this morning that the centenary is not only an opportunity to look back on our history and an opportunity to celebrate Canberra as it is now—a thriving, vital, national capital and home to many thousands of Australians. It is also a time for looking forward to what this city will become, what it will look like, who will live here and how it will meet the challenges of the future as well as capitalise on the many opportunities.

One of our opportunities as well as one of our challenges is how, as other speakers have said this morning, to increase the visitation of people who live outside their capital city. We know that once they have visited and spent time in appreciating the capital they realise it is one of the best-kept secrets of the nation.

The centenary will serve to showcase the whole of Canberra—not just the parliamentary triangle, not just the wonderful national attractions, but its wonderful environment, its many cultures, its wonderful historic places, its sporting prowess, its art and theatre—and the list goes on.

Congratulations to Robyn Archer and all her team. I look forward to the release of the whole program in September and to a wonderfully successful 2013, and I thank members for their support.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.15): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the Government has:

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