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stand up and talk about their issues. This is illustrative of so many facets of our community, where there are a few people who are willing to stand up and take a bit of the load to make life better for the rest of the people. Well done to those at Owen flats that are willing to do that. As I mentioned earlier, it is a pity that a resident is not part of the working group that has been looking at the relocation, but perhaps that will come with time.

When Ms Berry spoke to her amendment she failed to articulate that the words “where possible” are included when she talks about relocating people within 800 metres of the corridor. She did not actually mention the “where possible” proviso which is part of her amendment.

We will oppose this amendment today, which is more about the government’s requirements than about recognising the needs of public housing tenants. They have rights and certainly the right to be treated with respect and have their needs considered carefully in light of the government’s wishes to redevelop the Northbourne Avenue corridor.

Access to services, transport and ensuring social inclusion and connection to the community are imperative for most Canberrans and even more so for those who may be disadvantaged. I am very disappointed that the commitment or the guarantee to not forcibly move people away from the area is not given for those who wish to stay in the area.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Corbell

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sport—Woden facilities

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (4.39): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the recent opening of the upgraded Woden Athletics facility;

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