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vulnerable Canberrans, it will be because of their amazing resilience when their ACT government let them down.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the board and the volunteers who gave countless hours to SHOUT in supporting the 47 groups. At the end of May, they will know very well that where the community stood by them, the government failed.

It is very disappointing to see that the Greens will not be supporting my motion and that they have supported the amendment. We in the opposition believe that it is the ACT government’s responsibility to step in and make sure that groups like this exist and thrive. On that basis, we will not be supporting the amendment that has come through, because it is fundamentally letting down SHOUT and its member organisations.

Question put:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 13

Noes 10

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Ms Lee

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Doszpot

Mr Parton

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Steel

Mrs Jones

Mr Gentleman

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Lawder

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Penalty rates

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.35): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates for employees working on the weekends will negatively impact workers in this sector;

(2) also notes that:

(a) the retail and hospitality sectors employ 2.1 million people across Australia, and employs 28 200 in the ACT;

(b) this decision will see a reduction in pay of people in this sector of up to $6000 a year;

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