Page 4093 - Week 11 - Thursday, 21 September 2017

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I certainly agree with the comments members made about not wanting to see these buildings become derelict and unused, and certainly the situation of the East and West Block buildings at the bottom of Anzac Parade has been a travesty. The failure to use those buildings and see them maintained in their full glory has been a real blight on this city. Their appearance is shabby. That is very disappointing, but I think that there are plenty of ways to achieve the outcomes we probably all agree on. We think there is a better way to do that rather than just selling them off.

I note the amendment that the Chief Minister has moved. We will acknowledge that one. I thank members for their contributions to the debate today. I trust that, in taking the decisions, the federal government are incredibly mindful of these issues and that they ensure that this important national heritage is protected for the benefit of all Australians as we move forward. I commend our motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

A call of the Assembly having commenced—


MADAM SPEAKER: I may, while we are all here, because I know there will be a rush after lunch, just acknowledge that Simon Corbell has returned to the Assembly in time for a division.

Parliamentary triangle—proposed sale of East Block and West Block buildings

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Mr Milligan

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mr Hanson

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Fitzharris

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Lee

Amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That the original question, as amended, be agreed to.

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