Page 4593 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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to see that the RV industry is also looking into ways to decrease emissions in very practical ways.

I conclude by thanking Mr Wall for bringing this motion today and recognise the work that the government is already doing in this space. We are pleased to support efforts to encourage different tourism demographics in the territory and encourage people of all ages to get out and experience all the natural wonders that the ACT has to offer. I commend my amendment to the Assembly.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.07): I begin by touching on what I think is becoming quite an appalling practice by those opposite on Wednesdays, that is, the circulation of amendments whilst the mover of a motion is actually on their feet. It is a practice of government ministers to whack out an amendment whilst the mover of a motion is speaking to their motion. It is an inconsiderate way of conducting debate in this place, particularly when there is usually an element of collegiality when it comes to amendments in other areas, particularly with amendment to legislation where there is a required notification period.

We will not be opposing the amendments put forward by Mr Gentleman or Mr Rattenbury, having had the last minute or so to read them both. There is great opportunity to improve the tourism statistics, particularly those of the grey nomad tourist market. A lot of work is being done in the ACT to attract international flights here and international visitation numbers to boost aviation travel into the ACT, and those actions need to be applauded. But there are also some small incremental changes that can be made to grow our share of other parts of the tourism market.

I look forward to seeing the work that comes forward from the government in this space over the coming months and will continue to keep a keen eye on it. I believe significant opportunities exist for the ACT to benefit from increased tourism. The traditional method of booking a hotel night at your destination is not accessible to everyone. Caravans and motorhomes provide a much more affordable form of accommodation and transport for a certain segment of the tourism market, and we should be as accommodating and welcoming to them as we are to our international visitors or those who fly in through the local airport.

I conclude the remarks and keenly wait to see what further action the government takes in this space.

Mr Rattenbury’s amendment to Mr Gentleman’s amendment agreed to.

Mr Gentleman’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Amendment Bill 2018

Exposure draft

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.10), by leave: I present the following paper:

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Amendment Bill 2018—Exposure draft.

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