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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 3 August 2016) . . Page.. 2186 ..

The problem is that when you talk about open government you have to walk the walk. And what we have seen increasingly, particularly since Mr Barr took over, is a failure to walk the walk. We hear the rhetoric but what we have seen unfortunately, very sadly, is ACT Labor going down the route of New South Wales Labor. I do not know if it is because of the right faction affiliations or what it is but let us make sure that the people of Canberra have faith in their government and they do not see what happened in New South Wales with the community sacking that government because they have simply lost faith in them.

Question put:

That Mr Barr’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Mrs Jones

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Ms Lawder

Dr Bourke

Mr Hinder

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.39): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) in the Assembly on 16 September 2015 the Assembly debated a motion about the local adoption process and called on the ACT Government to prioritise faster processing of adoptions in the ACT court system;

(b) since the motion in September 2015 a number of constituents have been in contact who are very concerned about the length of time the local adoption process takes; and

(c) the ACT Government’s new out of home care strategy A Step Up for Our Kids is costing approximately $39 million from 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 and is not prioritising efficient and faster processing of local adoption where that is in the best interests of the child or young person; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

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