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I want to focus on the positives. There has been significant movement forward in the reform around this area tonight. I would also like to thank Phil Green and the directorate staff as well. They have been of great assistance along the way. We have had a number of briefings, even a briefing in recent days, to help us get through this. Your advice and assistance on matters is always welcome.

Once again, I want to finish on a positive note. I think we have pushed through with some historic reform here in the ACT. I know that we will improve on it in the months to come, and probably in the years to come. I think that it is something we should be congratulating ourselves on—that we have taken this issue on and we have got legislation in place to show that democracy is not for sale in the ACT.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Question put:

That this bill, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Crace memorial

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.20): I rise this evening to say a few words about the Crace memorial which was unveiled at hilltops community park in Crace on 5 May. My Liberal colleagues Zed Seselja, Jeremy Hanson and fellow member for Ginninderra, Vicki Dunne, were also present for the special occasion. The dedication of the memorial marked the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Battle of the Coral Sea and a significant strategic victory for the Allies. The memorial was built to honour the contribution made by Vice Admiral Sir John Crace KBE CB RAN and the 1,500 people who served under his command during the historic World War II naval battle.

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