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the planned movement of Mr Seselja to the Federal Parliament represents a betrayal of the trust placed in him by the voters of Lanyon Valley …
The amendment also calls on the government to deliver on its commitment to a community needs analysis. I know that I will deliver on my commitment to serve the full term and support the people of Lanyon valley and to do all I can to ensure—(Time expired.)
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (12.02): I am pleased to speak about the needs of residents of the Lanyon valley today. This was a continued interest of my former colleague Amanda Bresnan, who worked hard to represent her constituents in Brindabella, and especially those in the Lanyon valley. The Greens agree generally that the Lanyon valley does not have as many community facilities as northern Tuggeranong. One issue in particular which Ms Bresnan worked hard with the community on was pursuing a library for the residents in southern Tuggeranong. Indeed, this was an ACT Greens election commitment last year—to undertake a feasibility study into a library in the Lanyon valley area in 2013-14. The Greens understand that a library would provide an important service and resource for the community, including older people and families in the area—
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please. Members, I can hardly hear Mr Rattenbury for the noise from the opposition benches. Please keep your voices down. If you need to have an ongoing conversation, please use the room outside. Mr Rattenbury.
MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. As I was saying, the Greens believe a library would provide an important service and resource for the community in the Lanyon valley area, particularly for older people and families and particularly for the outer suburbs such as Conder, Banks, Gordon, Theodore and Calwell. As a result of this, item 7.2 of the 2012 Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement, which is noted in Ms Burch’s amendment, requires a broader analysis of what additional government services are needed in southern Tuggeranong but which will also include a feasibility study for a library. This is a very clear and concrete signal that the Greens take the needs of the community seriously. As part of our agreement with the Labor government we will be taking real steps to address the needs of southern Tuggeranong and not just pay lip-service to it.
I was surprised when Mr Seselja’s motion came forward. He obviously has not read the parliamentary agreement. I guess that is his will. But he has called on the government to review the community facilities available for residents of Lanyon valley when, in fact, that is already part of the agreement. That is why I will support Ms Burch’s amendment, because it reflects the plan that is already in place which Mr Seselja has sought to conveniently ignore.
The Liberals, of course, had an election promise on the Treasury website—one of the ones that made it—that calls for an audit of community facilities to be fitted into a