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because obviously understanding why is the first step towards addressing the reasons why and perhaps reversing the trend.

I am sure that the women in the AMC have dreams and aspirations for their lives. I am sure that when they leave the facility and go into the community, at least some of them grow a little hope that life will be better afterwards than it was before. I am sure many of them suffer from lack of contact with people in their lives. I appreciate that at least they are closer to family now than they were before we had this facility. But I am absolutely concerned that their needs are given equal weight to those of the men, even though they are fewer in number.

I will be opposing the amendment, but I thank the minister for the real effort he has gone to to accept the vast majority of what has been put. I am glad we have been able to have this debate today. I think it raises issues that we should be paying attention to. I know that sometimes we say the AMC is one of the most watched facilities and studied facilities in the country, because we are constantly reviewing it. But I think that if anyone we love or anyone we know is or was in the AMC, we would be comforted to know that people on both sides of this chamber have a very strong interest in their care and outcomes.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 8

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Cody

Mr Steel

Mrs Jones

Mr Gentleman

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Lee

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.35): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Mpowerdome is a premier sporting facility that has been well utilised by Canberrans for many years as a venue for sports including tennis, soccer, netball, volleyball, handball and modified sports;

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