Page 491 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 17 February 2016

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The lack of consideration shown by this government when announcing changes to the concessions program shows that the government will cut funds to some of the most vulnerable members of the community in order to fund its expensive dream—a light rail dream in particular. Our seniors, young people, disabled and unemployed Canberrans will pay for a light rail line that only one per cent of people will benefit from. This community does not need it as a priority in Canberra at this point.

Lastly, the government continues to fail to recognise the difficulties that current cost of living pressures are having on older Canberrans. The government should be focused on finding ways to reduce these pressures on the people of Canberra, particularly those on low and fixed incomes. Instead they are focusing on an unaffordable light rail project which will place even further strain on the taxpayers of Canberra.

Mr Barr mentioned in his speech that the government is seeking to contain spending on the concessions program as it increases each year. However, the cost of living in Canberra is also rising every year. As the government begins to cut concessions, rates are tripling and seniors are struggling to cope with the increasing costs of everyday living.

I reiterate the indecision and lack of certainty provided to seniors by this government and the limited consideration shown for community feedback in regard to the review of the ACT concessions program. It clearly shows that this government do not care how many people are affected or what concessions are cut, as long as they fund their $700 million light rail dream.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, 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

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (12.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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