Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 August 2015) . . Page.. 2687 ..
Again it is great to see that we have got so many members of the community here, because a lot of the time these issues are argued out, debated in front of empty galleries and the reporting on it sometimes leaves a little to be desired in terms of what the community can hear about what goes on in this chamber. This has been very clear this morning. Mr Rattenbury did not provide his amendment but I have certainly provided Mr Rattenbury’s amendment. If he does not care whose amendment gets up I challenge him to support his own amendment.
With those words, we will not be supporting Mr Barr’s amendment but I commend my amendment to the Assembly.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Are you going to move an amendment?
MR DOSZPOT: I move an amendment to Mr Barr’s proposed amendment:
Omit all words after “calls on the Government to”, substitute:
“(a) provide an assurance that the Telopea Park tennis courts and change rooms be returned to the school and that any work towards the demolition of these facilities cease;
(b) affirm its support for community, non-profit childcare;
(c) continue to explore options for the rebuilding of the Canberra Services Club, with priority given to options that allow a new club without relocating MOCCA;
(d) ensure that, if the decision is made that MOCCA needs to move, that MOCCA can stay on its current site until new facilities are constructed, noting that this process will take a number of years; and
(e) report back on investigations of alternative sites for the Canberra Services Club and for MOCCA by the end of the October sittings.”.
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.48): At the outset I welcome members of the community to the Assembly. It is great to see the community here and I think that this is a great example of where community action can make a difference—where members of the community are being railroaded, where they are not being listened to, where they get together and, through their elected officials and through the media, make sure that people in this place, from all sides of politics, listen to what their concerns are. So I commend the community for that.
I would like to thank Mr Doszpot for bringing this motion before the Assembly. I know that he has crusaded on this issue in this place, in the media and in the community. Again what we are seeing is Mr Doszpot on this issue, as we have with others in Yarralumla, Kingston and elsewhere, making sure that the voice of the community is heard and that the government is listening, and that is a great thing.
What I am sure we all want are winners out of this process. It is not a matter of picking sides, it is a matter of making sure that at the end of this process everybody