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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 1982 ..

If we accept that the government can just bully its way through on this front and build whatever it wants on community facilities zones, then I think it is so important for the government to face up to the community, to come clean and tell the people what it intends to do and where it intends to do it.

I commend Minister Berry for the spirit of her amendments. In this place it is up to us on this side to scrutinise what is going on on the other side, and I think it is very clear, on the basis of those amendments, that the minister has listened to the concerns that we have raised.

But certainly I agree fully with the amendment to the amendment from Mr Wall. After the recent community consultation debacles in Weston Creek I spoke to a family who were dismayed that they had, only weeks prior to the government’s public housing announcement, purchased a house very close to a community facilities zone, believing that a community facilities zone would either be left vacant or be a genuine community facility. Together today we can stop that situation from happening by just being honest with the people and telling them what you intend to do.

Question put:

That Mr Wall’s amendment to Ms Berry’s proposed amendment be agreed to.

Ayes 9

Noes 12

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Ms Berry

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Burch

Ms Orr

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lawder

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Steel

Ms Lee

Mr Gentleman

Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Ms Berry’s amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.23 to 2.31 pm.

Questions without notice


MR COE: My question is for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the budget released yesterday included a 12 per cent increase in 2017-18 in revenue from residential general rates, after which the increases are 10.5 and nine per cent. Chief Minister, do the forward estimates for residential rates include increases to the marginal rating factors for each year or do the projections assume that the current marginal rating factor applies across the forward estimates?

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