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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Members—withdrawal of comments

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before we commence today, members, I would like to reflect on a point of order that was raised yesterday evening by the manager of government business. Minister Burch asked me whether it was appropriate for a member to withdraw whilst sitting. I said that I had not seen it. I realised on reflecting last night that there was an occasion yesterday when I asked a member to withdraw but I was busily writing and I did not actually raise my head, so I only heard that the member had withdrawn.

I want to refresh members’ memories: if they are asked to withdraw, they are required to stand and withdraw; members should only speak when they are on their feet. I thank Minister Burch for drawing it to my attention. It would have been better if it had been brought to my attention at the time; then it would have been a valid point of order. If you come back later on, it is not a point of order; it has to be something that arises at the time. But I thank Minister Burch for bringing that matter to my attention.

Manuka precinct—redevelopment

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the recent protest outside the Manuka Oval by members and supporters of the Telopea Park School community objecting to the decision of the Barr Government to resume land from the school to construct a child care centre;

(b) that this protest followed months of unrest about the decision from local residents, child care centre operators and clients and the Telopea Park School community who objected to the lack of transparency and consultation;

(c) comments made by the Minister for Territories and Municipal Services, and Molonglo MLA, Shane Rattenbury, following an “I love MOCCA” event on Sunday, 14 June, in which he said that “there has been little if any public transparency around this” and “nor has there been a discussion with the community about possible approaches which could have been provided the space for additional ideas to come forward”; and

(d) comments made by Chief Minister Barr on ABC 666 talkback radio on 26 June and last week in the Assembly in which he said that the Government was actively looking at another site; and

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