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application in the country will require more documentation, it seems, than this light rail project. It seems that if you do an extension on your house, you are going to require more documentation than to build a light rail project. It is just crazy, absolutely crazy stuff.

The Canberra Liberals oppose clause 13 because of the reduced documentation. We believe that Canberrans deserve more information about this project, not less. The government’s pet project should not be approved without proper scrutiny. The light rail project is the first major infrastructure project in the ACT that will feature this provision. The government should not be allowed to push it through without proper documentation. Again, light rail is no different to any other project, and the standard procedure as detailed in the Planning and Development Act should not be altered.

Clause 13 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to.

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Herbert Roberts

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (5.59): I rise today to honour Herbert Roberts, a man who gave so much to the city of Canberra and whose efforts can be seen through many of our most well-known organisations and institutions.

Bert was born on 21 September 1936 and only recently passed away, on 31 December 2014, at the age of 78. He was a softly spoken man with a big heart who served Canberra and wanted to develop our city to be the best it could be. One of the many things which Bert Roberts is famous for is running Millers in Manuka, along with his wife, Dorothy. Millers is an iconic fashion outlet that was started by Dorothy’s mother, Mary Miller, in 1957, and ownership of the fashion outlet was kept in the family until it was eventually sold in 2012.

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