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people in the areas surrounding Erindale and who use Erindale should not have to wait years and years for action. There are short-term things we can do all the while, while the broader master planning process goes on.

So I am pleased for the community, the surrounding community that utilises Erindale—the people of Wanniassa, Oxley, Fadden, Gowrie and Monash in particular who utilise the Erindale group centre—that we will get action. We look forward to getting a report back to the Assembly and seeing these options. These are very practical solutions that have been put forward. This particular practical solution, I think, would take pressure off. Traders would welcome it, shoppers would welcome it, and in this case, in particular, members of the Capital Edge Community Church would welcome it. So I think it would be a win-win situation and I look forward to seeing the results. I thank members for their support of the motion.

Amendments agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Australian public service

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.08): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) recent comments by the Leader of the Federal Opposition, Tony Abbott, that as many public service jobs as possible should be relocated outside of Canberra;

(b) that Mr Abbott said it was important that service delivery agencies are located outside of Canberra “for them to be amongst the people they are seeking to help”;

(c) that these comments reinforce previous commitments given by Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey, the Shadow Treasurer, that if elected they will abolish up to 20 000 public service jobs;

(d) that the Commonwealth Government signed on 12 March 2012 a Statement of Commitment to Canberra including a commitment for Canberra remaining the heart of the Australian Public Service and the primary location of government departments and agencies; and

(e) that the Statement of Commitment to Canberra included strong support to continue to build and grow the nation’s capital, its cultural institutions and its role as the focus of ceremonial, parliamentary and national leadership focus;

(2) calls on the Assembly to affirm our support for the Statement of Commitment to Canberra; and

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