Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 August 2015) . . Page.. 2692 ..
That is exactly the point—that Mocca should not be left out in the cold and if they have to move, they will move into new, ready-made facilities that can open the day they move in. That is what the community wants, that is what Mocca wants, and that is the outcome of Mr Barr’s text.
Yes, one thing that is not here is a reporting date, which was paragraph (e) of my original text. That is not here, but that is okay. With the clarity we have achieved today, a reporting outcome is not so important. Frankly, Mr Doszpot and his colleagues are free to come into this chamber and ask the Chief Minister a question about this any time they like. There are plenty of opportunities.
For all the characterisation the Liberal Party have tried to make about this, I would like to know from Mr Doszpot whether he thinks anything is actually missing in the final version from the text I drafted. The answer is no, other than a reporting date. Everything we were seeking in terms of a return of the tennis courts to the community—a guarantee to the Telopea Park School community that the tennis courts will remain—we have. The Chief Minister has stated it clearly this morning.
I am all about outcomes, and that is the outcome we were seeking. With the Chief Minister’s support for that, I reckon that is rolled gold in terms of an outcome. I would rather have an amendment the Chief Minister supports backing the outcome. Sure, I can get together with the Liberal Party and roll the government if I want to. That is fine, but we want an outcome here.
What we have seen today, unfortunately, is a great example of the Liberal Party putting politics ahead of outcomes. We have got the outcomes the community asked for, and I welcome the fact we have been able to find a way through this where we will walk out of the chamber this morning with the certainty the community has been seeking.
Mr Doszpot could characterise today’s outcome in two ways: we have seen one way he has done. The other outcome is that he brought a motion to the Assembly today, the parties got together and collaborated, we talked about it some more and we have got a good outcome. I do not understand why Mr Doszpot cannot see that characterisation of it, because it is what we were after.
I will not be supporting the amendment Mr Doszpot has put forward. I acknowledge it is my text, but the world moved on—24 hours in politics is a long time. The outcomes we have here are exactly the things people have been talking to me about. I will walk out of this chamber when this debate is finished, I will make myself available in the foyer, and if the community think this is not right, they can tell me that directly. Because they are here, and they will—they are not shy. I will stand by what I voted for in this chamber this morning and I will hold my head high, because we have achieved the outcomes people were looking for.
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.06): I thank all speakers for their contribution on this important motion today. On this side of the chamber we have outlined very clearly the issues the government has foisted on the Manuka community. The education minister