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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . .

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entitlements, reduce disputes, and ensure that each worker is connected to one state or territory for insurance purposes. These amendments are another example of this government's commitment to reducing regulatory costs for ACT employers while maintaining the best possible workers compensation scheme for both workers and employers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Statements by members

MR SMYTH (Brindabella), by leave: On 9 October this year, I, along with Ms Porter and Mr Rattenbury, took part in the ACT Assembly's inaugural "pollie for a day adventure" organised as part of the TEDx adventures. This event was held in collaboration with TEDxCanberra. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Neal Baudinette, Joanne McAlister and Fiona Matz in the governance and communications office for making this event possible in the Assembly.

I would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge Ms Porter for not only hosting an adventure participant in her office but also making time in her busy schedule to be the Acting Speaker during the delivery of the speeches that were written. A note of thanks also to the Youth Coalition for their support of this adventure, which allowed me the opportunity to host Sarah Jewell and Rebecca Cuzzillo in my office, and also to meet the other participants, Tom Berry and Hannah Watts.

Although events like this are meant to give the public a chance to see what it is like to be a politician, it was also a good opportunity for me to learn from these younger people and hear about their vision for our city. I will borrow from Ms Jewell's speech on the day:

For the vibrancy of our political system, we need to ensure that all groups are heard and able to bring their unique experience and perspectives to the table.

I can share Ms Cuzzillo's vision for "a Canberra that is sustainable, vibrant and prosperous for all Canberrans". As such it is only fitting to table their speeches in the Assembly.

Adventures are an exciting addition to the TEDxCanberra line-up of events for this year. They were started by TEDxBeaconStreet in the US about four years ago, and are the brainchild of John Werner at the prestigious MIT Media Lab.

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