Page 2691 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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Paragraph (2)(d) of the Chief Minister’s amendment says:

ensure that the lease for the site of the Telopea Park tennis courts is returned to school and community use.”.

I think that is stronger than mine as it refers to the return of the lease. I have enough humility to come into this place and say, “Actually, someone has come up with even better text that I have.” I think it delivers a stronger outcome for the community, so that is why I am prepared to back that one ahead of my paragraph (a). I am prepared to admit that it is better text than what I put forward less than 24 hours ago.

I will reinforce the point of why that was changed. The Liberal Party may not know that last night, aside from sending my proposal to both the Labor and the Liberal parties in a very open and transparent way, I also sent all the text to the members of the community that had been calling me. I said to them, “Here are the three sets of text. I need some advice on the best way to proceed, because I think what the Chief Minister is putting forward is pretty good, and I’m inclined to back that because having the support of the Chief Minister on this is particularly valuable in terms of the outcomes we’re after.” They gave me some feedback. I had some further discussions with Mr Barr, and this is the result. So there has been community input into this as well, and that is the way these things should work. Paragraph (b) of Mr Doszpot’s amendment calls on the government to:

affirm its support for community, non-profit childcare;

They are my words, again, and that is really important. Mr Barr’s amendment at paragraph (1)(d) notes:

the importance of ongoing community-based, not-for-profit childcare provision in Canberra;

It is there; it is in the text. Nothing has been lost. Let us go to paragraph (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;

That is contained in Mr Barr’s paragraph (2)(b), which calls on the government to:

decide as quickly as possible on any replacement site for MOCCA, noting the mix of community concern and support about possible sites;

That is encapsulated there. Paragraph (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;

Paragraph (2)(c) of Mr Barr’s amendment states:

ensure that MOCCA will not move from its current site until new facilities are constructed;

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