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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 11 February 2015) . . Page.. 222 ..

MR CORBELL: He does not like it, Madam Speaker, but he has been caught out—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, I warn you.

MR CORBELL: He has been caught out on the fact that a study was undertaken last year when he claimed the last one was back in 2010, caught out on the rate of decline, caught out on the fact that he has no real sincerity in his argument when he does not care about trees being cut down for road extensions, and caught out on the fact that his own plans for Northbourne Avenue would require significant tree removal. There is no sincerity in this man’s argument. There is no legitimacy to the points that he makes. The government will not be supporting this motion today.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ms Sylvie Stern

Captain Bede Tongs OAM, MM

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.31): I rise to also add my condolences to those expressed yesterday by Mr Rattenbury in relation to Sylvie. As we all know, Sylvie Stern died on 21 January after a battle with cancer. I knew her through her work at 2XX, as did Mr Rattenbury, where she interviewed me a number of times. I am sure she interviewed many people in this place a number of times. She was also, as Mr Rattenbury said, well known and loved by many in the arts community and inspired many. I also shared her love of domestic animals and, in particular, dogs. I spent time with Sylvie at the ACT Domestic Animal Services, where she was a regular dog walker.

I want to express my condolences to Zoe, Sylvie’s partner, and to her family and many friends and also to her little dog. When I attended the funeral, her little dog was there. It was so sad, but you could see the dog was well loved by those who will continue to look after the dog.

I would also like to express my condolences to the family of Bede Tongs OAM, MM, who died on 14 January after a long battle with cancer also. He was a veteran of World War II and served in Papua New Guinea nine times, including being decorated with a military medal for action on the Kokoda Track. Bede worked hard over the last few years to raise awareness of what happened at Kokoda, and he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014.

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