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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2833 ..

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.20): I thank Ms Berry, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Steel and Mr Pettersson for their support of my motion. Mr Wall, I think we can agree that teachers make a very good contribution to the education system. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with the other points you raised for various reasons that we have already discussed. I would, however, like to pick up on one thing we hear time and again: discussion about the safe schools program in the ACT. This is particularly relevant, given recent events. Time and again I have sat in estimates committees and in the chamber listening to discussions explaining what the program is. Rather than debating the substantive issues around that, I point out to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer that there is nothing wrong with you feeling safe, included and supported. I am proud to be part of a government that is putting forward a program that does that.

Apart from that, all the points have been made. As a double major English graduate from year 12 I have a question about the grammar in paragraph (2)(a) of the amendment. I am not sure who did it, but I would like to draw that to someone’s attention and leave it at that.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Wall from moving notice No 4 on the Notice Paper, which appeared in Mrs Jones’ name.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—women’s accommodation

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.22): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) was officially opened in 2008, with operations beginning in 2009;

(b) at the commencement of operations, the AMC had a total capacity of 300 and operational capacity of 270, including dedicated accommodation for 25 women detainees;

(c) in 2015-16 the AMC underwent an expansion project which increased:

(i) total capacity by 169; and

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