Page 8 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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We are a local council and a state government. I do care, and I will care, about the state of our playgrounds, the quality of our roads and our natural spaces. I do care, and will care, about building a modern, sustainable transport system and about our world-class health and education systems. I will care about those people doing it tough. I will be part of this Labor team, the only team that ever truly gives them a voice. And I will care about modern, ordinary Canberra families—about their needs and their dreams. I will give them a voice too. They have no peak body or industry group. In the end, they are the one group that have only us in this chamber, their elected representatives. I will care about advocating for them and for the Labor values that support their lives and I will contribute ideas to promote growth, opportunity and fairness for everyone in our city.

But, above all, what makes this place so special is that we do not just debate how best to serve our communities. We can make decisions that actually change things. We can make laws that protect and enable and we can pass legislation that invests scarce public resources in our community to make it better. That is both our privilege and our responsibility.

It is a dream come true for a bit of a policy tragic who loves her local community and cares about everyone having the opportunity to reach their potential. It is the best job going. I look forward to working hard on achieving these things with and in my community. Thank you.


Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning, dated 16 December 2014, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Corbell on 16 September 2014 concerning short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes.

By Mr Rattenbury, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, dated 20 January 2015, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Gentleman on 27 November 2014 concerning the construction of a one-way connection from Parkes Way to Allara Street.

Planning—residential apartments—petition No 12-14

The response read as follows:

I understand the petition relates to the social and community problems associated with allowing short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes. The petition requests the Assembly review legislation to allow residential apartments to remain only as people’s homes and not be used as hotels, motels and for other short-term accommodation.

The matters raised in the petition reflect the experiences of all other States and Territories. I understand that the Australian Buildings Code Board will be

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