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reality. The call for a committee inquiry was bipartisan. The date for reporting by March next year was bipartisan. It was tabled in the Assembly and then after that it stopped being bipartisan. The Chief Minister could perhaps reflect on that if he is going to start trying to accuse people of not being bipartisan. Bipartisan does not necessarily suggest that we must agree on every element of this.

This has been a difficult issue for this community. I have a view, the Chief Minister has a view and the Greens have a view. The result today is that we will not support the amendment and given that that will then be the plan going forward, as I have indicated, if we can get the feds onboard—and I would like to see them being more generous with the money; let me be very clear here, I would like them to pay for the lot—that would be a good thing. We are going to tread on the real worm, though, but if I can help with the negotiations that would support the cost of an inquiry that would be good. If we can have negotiations that said, “Let’s waive the interest,” that would be good. The better the deal that we can get for the ACT is something that I have stood for and I think that potentially, as I did with Ms Gallagher when she was negotiating on this deal, we were able to get an agreement, a deal that clearly the government supported. It was their deal and we helped in that process. If we can continue to help we will.

As I have made clear, we will not be supporting the amendment simply because it does not fit the desired outcome of the motion and that is to commence a board of inquiry and have it report sooner rather than later.

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

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (11.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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