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MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (4.24): I will be extraordinarily brief on this issue. The affordability of early childhood education can easily be resolved if the federal government will fund early childhood centres. That is the solution. It is not up to the states and territories to fund early childhood centres; it is the responsibility of the federal government, and they could come to the party and fund the whole of the sector.

Discussion concluded.

Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 27 November 2014, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mr Hanson) proposed:

That the debate be adjourned.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.29): The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. We have serious concerns with this bill and the precedent it sets. We will do everything we can to try to stop this legislation, and we have even tried to delay this legislation, but this government is absolutely determined to shut out citizens from having a say on this planning decision, on future planning decisions and who knows what else.

I will move several amendments to the bill to try to make the bill better. This is a bad bill that we will vote against. But, in doing so, we will try to make it marginally better. However, it is very unfortunate that we are in this situation. The bill we are being asked to support today is designed to ram through the government’s light rail project. The bill applies to the proposed light rail project and any future projects, and it covers an area of one kilometre either side of the track.

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