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It is about certainty. It is about leadership from this place. It is about listening to the people we represent and it is about saying that everybody can win here. I have gone out and listened to the people this morning and heard what they said. They have a very simple map. The map shows an abatement zone on three sides of the Uriarra Village. It is quite a wide abatement zone but on the side where the power station is proposed to go that zone does not exist. Why is it that you need the bushfire protection on three sides but you do not need it on the fourth?
If you go out and talk to the people, as we have this morning, many of them said that they would be quite happy if it were pushed 400 or 500 metres further north and a row of trees put in place so that, Ms Lawder has just said, it is not in their front yards.
It is very simple today. Let us send a very clear message from the Assembly that, one, we are in favour of appropriate development in an appropriate location but, two, what we will not surrender is the amenity of the residents who will have to live with it every single day from the moment that it is commenced.
Mr Rattenbury: I seek leave to move the amendment circulated in my name.
MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think we can do that, Mr Rattenbury. Bear with me for a moment. This has been a very complex debate today. This is now the fifth set of amendments. Mr Rattenbury, you cannot move that amendment because you proposed to omit the word “progress” from paragraph 2(b) but we have already omitted paragraph 2(b). So you cannot move that amendment. Just so that everyone understands, the question is that Mr Wall’s motion, which now consists of Mr Rattenbury’s paragraph 1, be agreed do.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.32): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) the importance of technology in driving innovation in the ACT economy;
(b) that supporting and encouraging technological innovation is essential to growing and diversifying the ACT economy;
(c) that the ACT Government is currently seeking Canberrans’ views on how to make Canberra a world leading digital city that will lead to the development of a Digital Canberra Action Plan;
(d) that technology supports every sector in our community, including business, health, education, transport, community services and sustainability; and