Page 3519 - Week 11 - Thursday, 19 September 2013

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Mr Wall interjecting—

MS BURCH: I know you know those posters, because you go in and out of Chisholm shops, Mr Wall. I know you see them. You drive past them freely. So on notice, Canberra Liberals, can you please do right by this city and get rid of those unsightly remnants of the 2008 election committee? They are under your banner, “Canberra Liberals”, loud and proud—bills posted, from my interpretation. I may be tempted to write to the relevant minister to get formal advice, but I say to each and every one of you over there, members of Brindabella, member of the Canberra Liberals, you have been given notice. Can you get rid of those signs—what I consider to be illegally placed signs—and give everyone a rest.

Mr Smyth: Goodness me.

MS BURCH: I hear the interjection “Goodness me”. We have heard from the people over there about the look and feel of the city—downgrading it, pushing it down, making it sound as though it is the worst place in the world to live. It is the best place in the world to live. Yet they are not prepared to tidy up after themselves. I will come here each and every time they raise the amenity of this city until those unsightly signs are removed.

And while I am it, can you please perhaps get rid of the leftover plastic scrubby remnant of the most recent federal election as well, on Isabella Drive? Again, I know that many of you use that. I ask you please to stop your car and to do right by Canberra.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (4.29): I welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters today. As the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, my directorate has responsibility for a lot of the look and feel of the city. Reflecting on Mrs Jones’s—

Members interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Rattenbury has the floor.

MR RATTENBURY: Reflecting on Mrs Jones’s earlier comments, let me say that the reason Mr Corbell spoke about the matters that he did was that I will take up the cudgel on some of the other matters for which he had an interest.

TAMS does have a big job to do, but I do not believe that the city is in a state of decay as has been suggested. To start with, there are literally thousands of hours of work each week done by TAMS staff, who take considerable pride in the city. People that I have chatted to around the place really believe they are doing a great job for Canberra, and they really enjoy the job they do for Canberra.

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