Page 490 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 17 February 2016

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not of concern to Mr Barr. On these sorts of things Mr Barr has been telling us how much in control he is and how much he is looking after the needy, yet the very people in our community who need this government to take responsibility are being ignored.

We are highlighting today what was stated by Mr Barr in the headlines in the paper yesterday, regarding his intentions on something that supposedly has been given to the community to respond to. He chose to answer in such a way that it appears that he has not taken any note of the community response during the consultation period.

The amendment that Mr Barr has moved will not be supported by the Liberals. It is simply distracting from the real issue, and the real issues we are talking about relate to concessions and Mr Barr’s intentions towards them.

Question put:

That Mr Barr’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Amendment agreed to

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.57): In closing, I thank all those who have spoken on this motion today. I also question those who have not spoken on the motion. I would have thought this was a fairly serious issue that the former minister for ageing, Mr Gentleman, may have wanted to contribute to. The new minister for ageing, Dr Bourke, might also have wanted to speak on this issue. I am rather sorry that they have not.

It is an issue that has alarmed many in the Canberra community. As I said, many people have contacted me to relay their concerns. Once again, though, the government has not addressed the key issues here and seeks to blame the federal government for a problem of its own making.

One of the key issues I raised that was glossed over by those opposite was with respect to the consultation period for the government’s discussion paper, which only ended on Friday. Less than a week later, the government has signalled which concessions will face cutbacks. That is not nearly enough time to properly consider community feedback—and Mr Rattenbury kindly highlighted this as being the very reason for the discussion paper.

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