Page 4047 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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It does then get back to the issue of reviews. Again, I thank Mr Rattenbury, through you, Madam Speaker, for support for the tabling of the statement of capability in November. It will be interesting to see what it says. I know that there was a review that started last year inside JACS—the last financial year, minister; not this year. It was quickly shelved but draft terms of reference exist. It would be very easy for the minister to find those and table them. I suspect he will not, but if we have to go through other methods and other venues, we will.

How we fund, staff and equip our emergency services are vitally important to the people of the ACT. These issues are vitally important to the safety and wellbeing of not just the officers but the community they serve. The questions raised here today are serious and did not deserve the snide, ridiculous approach and the disdain that was aired in this place. These concerns have been raised with me by members of the Emergency Services Agency. These concerns in some cases have been raised with the minister by various unions and groups. The fact that these issues still abound shows that we have a minister who is incapable of resolving these issues and serving the community properly. There is a real question over the minister’s administration of emergency services and its agencies, and I believe his administration is deficient.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 7

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Ms Gallagher

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the negative in accordance with standing order 162.

At past 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (6.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) work is about to start on Southquay, a new mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong;

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