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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 April 2016) . . Page.. 1238 ..

cost of living burdens that they have placed on the people of the ACT. Those burdens will only grow if this lot are re-elected in October this year.

What the people of Canberra deserve is a fair deal. They actually deserve to have burdens on them reduced. From expenditures on their behalf through the tax system, they actually deserve much better outcomes, instead of the sorts of outcomes we get where schools are fuller, hospital lists are longer, police services are stretched because you have cut their budget to fund other things—and all at a time when the myth-busting Shane Rattenbury comes in here and says that rates do not help pay for services like public transport. That was quite amazing, an amazing revelation today. It will be interesting to hear Mr Rattenbury tell us how we pay for public transport, where that funding comes from, and where the additional burden that can only come from rates that will come online when the additional cost of paying for the operation of the train and paying the train off has to occur.

I am not sure what economic planet the Greens are on but in real life, real-time Canberra, people have to pay their bills. They are paying this government a lot more whether it be through their rates, whether it be through the fees and charges, whether it be for parking or whether it be through the fact that they are getting decreasing services and decreasing standards of service.

This is an important motion. It should be supported. The people of Canberra are certainly listening. They are aware of the cost burdens that are being placed on them, and they will decide in October this year.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Hinder

Mrs Jones

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.55pm.

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