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transparent, that they are accountable and that there is no-one winning backroom deals, favours from friends, having mates in the industry. That is the kind of operation we have seen locally from those opposite: deals with the unions giving them exorbitant power over procurement, failing to recognise local content but instead contracts often going to multinationals who are not paying tax in this country, who are not paying tax in this territory, but contracts that are going outside the ACT at the expense of local businesses.

The Canberra Liberals believe that local business deserves a fair go, that there is a level playing field and most certainly a transparent and honest procurement process, and I commend my motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 7

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Hinder

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Fitzharris

Question so resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australian Hotels Association awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.44): I rise this evening to speak about the 2016 Australian Hotels Association ACT awards, which were presented on 11 July 2016 at the National Convention Centre, and the importance of the hospitality sector to our economy.

The AHA was first established in 1839, and the ACT branch, which was established in 1994, is a member of the AHA national network. The ACT AHA branch represents and advocates for the licensed hospitality and tourism sector in the ACT. Its members include bars, taverns, accommodation, hotels, restaurants, cafes, educational institutions, retail liquor outlets, nightclubs and the Convention Centre. The majority of AHA ACT members are successful small businesses operated by local proprietors; others are part of international hotel chains and businesses.

The AHA website highlights the significance of the hospitality sector to the ACT economy. It employs more than 18,000 people in the territory; its payroll

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