Page 513 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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That being the case, what the opposition is calling for and what Mr Doszpot is very sensibly calling for in his motion is for some planning so that in the future things do not get worse but get better. We can look at what temporary car parking options there are, we can look at the traffic management and make sure that it is in place. We certainly want to see a pleasant experience for as many people as possible. We want them to come back—it is good for traders in the Manuka and Kingston areas. If we make it convenient and pleasant, we will have the potential to grow the oval, to grow the facility, but we must make sure we have the underpinning plans to make it a really good experience for everyone.

I think Mr Doszpot is spot-on; I commend him for bringing forward this motion. I think it is a very sensible one, and we are seeing this majority Greens-Labor government again opposing something simply because it has not been brought forward by them. I commend Mr Doszpot’s motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That Mr Barr’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (4.41): I would like to make these concluding statements regarding my motion. I must say that I am very disappointed at the government, mainly for being almost in denial. Mr Barr, some of the things that you said in your preamble to your amendment actually were parts of a plan that we are seeking to consolidate, that we are seeking the government look at and consolidate. The fact is that you have mentioned all of these hotels and other parking areas around there, but what sort of plan was there for everyone to be made aware of all of these locations?

Mr Barr: There is a map.

MR DOSZPOT: The distribution of such a plan was not in everyone’s—

Mr Barr: The Canberra Times, mate, on the website.

MR DOSZPOT: Okay. What we are saying is that all of those are parts of the elements of a plan. But the fact is that we commend those parts of the plan that were there, including the buses.

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