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    13   PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1)    notes the importance of public libraries in communities across Australia;

(2)    recognises that:

(a)    various state-based research provides clear evidence of the contribution and value of public libraries in terms of the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social impact; and

(b)   recognises that libraries provide access to information technology, research, educational resources and recreational materials for many people who otherwise could not afford them;

(3)    congratulates public library staff for their commitment to facilitating life long learning in the community;

(4)    supports the wide availability of public library collections as a way to help address disadvantage by ensuring free and equitable access to collections for all community members;

(5)    notes that in 2008-09, 7.7 million Australians visited a library and the total asset value of library collections in this country was $4.3 billion;

(6)    expresses concern over the action instigated by Liverpool City Council to investigate the viability of closing Green Valley, Miller, Moorebank and Casula public libraries; and

(7)    specifically notes the community outrage and concern as a result of this decision, giving regard to the proven benefits of local public libraries as noted above ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.