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inquiry as an opportunity to make amends for wrongs which their government have put in place. As it stands at the moment, the construction sector is doing it tough in the ACT. There is no doubt about that. One of the contributing factors is the government’s controls here in the territory. Whether it be land release, whether it be fees, taxes, charges and fines, whether it be the regulatory burden, whether it be planning—there are so many levers which the government controls—the controls are not being adequately managed at present. What this inquiry calls for is an independent look, a fresh set of eyes to review the conditions and the challenges facing this sector in the ACT.

It is interesting that Mr Rattenbury would say that he does not like the format of this motion. If he were to go back to the Hansard of this day back in 1997 he would see a board of inquiry motion by Ms Kerrie Tucker in exactly the same format as this motion today. But of course, that seems to be a moot point when there is a political point to be scored by Mr Rattenbury.

It is vital that we have a holistic view of the construction sector. The construction sector is so important to the ACT economy. When the ACT economy is going well, the construction sector is going well. When the construction sector is doing it tough, the ACT economy at large is doing it tough.

It is for that reason we need to make sure that every single lever which the government controls is properly managed, and at present the government seems to be doing all it can to make it harder and harder to do business here in the ACT. I call on all members to support this motion, to support the conducting of a board of inquiry, and to get independent advice and recommendations about how we can once again get the construction sector booming in the ACT.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Mr Corbell

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Racial discrimination—legislation reviews

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (11.08): I move:

That this Assembly

(1) notes:

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