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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 February 2015) . . Page.. 545 ..

Opposition members interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: We are delivering to all of Canberra because this government does not have favourites. This government services all parts of Canberra equally to make sure that all parts of the city get looked after. I will not be supporting Mrs Dunne’s motion today. I now move the amendment that has been circulated in my name:

Omit all words after paragraph (1), substitute:

“(a) that hard working Territory and Municipal Services staff and contractors work in all conditions to maintain the ACT’s parks and public places, including through the recent exceptional growing season in Belconnen;

(b) the ACT Government’s continued investment in maintaining and improving Canberra’s shopping centres, parks, playgrounds, lakes and wetlands in all parts of Canberra, including Belconnen; and

(c) that the quality of the environment and services were contributing factors to Canberra being selected by the Organisation for Economic Development as the best place in the world to live.”.

The amendment underlines the fact that TAMS staff work hard to maintain the ACT’s parks and public places, including through this exceptional growing season. I have added in Belconnen. I realise that my amendment would be out of order if I did not because Mrs Dunne has focused her motion on Belconnen. I would like to reiterate the point that the government seeks to deliver for all of Canberra. I suspect that, in view of the way I just phrased that a few minutes ago and the much laughter in this place, I have got a quote coming that is going to be taken out of context. I conclude by thanking the staff of TAMS for their considerable effort in the upkeep of the city.

Debate (on motion by Ms Burch) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

International Asperger’s Day

MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.32): l rise this evening to acknowledge International Asperger’s Day, a day aimed to give recognition to the families and carers of those living with Asperger’s syndrome and acknowledging the achievements of people with Asperger’s syndrome in our community. I especially pay tribute to the work of Autism Asperger ACT, a not-for-profit charitable organisation which aims to provide information and support to people involved in the autism and Asperger community in the territory. They are also an active voice in promoting and developing services to meet the specific needs of people who have an autism spectrum disorder.

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