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organisation embedded with those who are on the public service side is well understood. That avoids danger, avoids confusion and makes for a better outcome in the long term even if it does cost a little more.

It is not just about the reform process that has been done. Obviously, I have nothing against reform processes and assessing whether we do things in the best way that we can. It is more about how the reform process that has been undertaken and the types of characters who have been involved have produced an intimidatory outcome on the ground. I do not think that 2(c) as per the amendment, which claims that people are feeling supported, has been achieved. I am sure Minister Corbell believes that they are supported but culture is a funny thing and staff morale is a funny thing. If trust is lost that a government or a minister has the best interests of a group at heart, it can be difficult to restore.

That is why I want to make it clear in the chamber today that we have a strong support focus for our ESA and for all our people who put their bodies and their lives on the line to support us in our hour of need in the community. I hope that, should we come to government later on this year, we will be able to implement change that is well respected by those who serve us.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Corbell

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.

Marriage equality

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (3.34): I move:


(1) this Assembly:

(a) reaffirms its support for marriage equality;

(b) supports a free, positive and respectful discussion on marriage equality in the Canberra community;

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