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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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commissioner reported in the very long break between this sitting and the August sitting, without this amendment it would not be possible to report. Whatever the outcome is, it is important that a member being investigated by the Commissioner for Standards should have as quick a resolution of the matter as possible, so this approach was suggested to me by the Clerk earlier this week.

The second amendment came to our attention when we were looking at the first amendment. I recollect that when there was discussion about the establishment of a Commissioner for Standards we inserted a clause for a two-year investigation. Since then, the Clerk and I seem to have overlooked that, and we collectively offer mea culpas to the Assembly for that oversight. To rectify that matter—we failed to report within the first sitting period by a matter of oversight—there is an amendment to ensure that there is a review but that the review is conducted by the end of the sitting period in 2016. I apologise to members for that oversight. These are two quite simple matters and I recommend their adoption by the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Family friendly workplace

Proposed continuing resolution

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (11.38): I move:

That the following continuing resolution be adopted:

"Family Friendly Workplace


(1) the ACT Legislative Assembly resolves that a standing pair be provided to any MLA who is a breastfeeding or breast pumping mother or for a parent who has primary responsibility for bottle feeding for as long as it is required; and

(2) this resolution continues in force unless and until amended or repealed by this or a subsequent Assembly.".

I am pleased to move this motion on the notice paper in my name regarding the Assembly resolving to have a continuing resolution adopted to allow for better workplace practices in our own workplace regarding breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents.

Many of you here in the chamber know that I have been working on improving this workplace for women with a focus on family friendliness. Here in the ACT Legislative Assembly, one area I have particularly focused on is women who are breastfeeding their babies. This term I have been fortunate enough to become the mother to my fifth baby, Maximus. He was blessed to be the first baby breastfed in the ACT Legislative Assembly chamber. The reason I fed him in the chamber was simply because he was hungry and he needed to be fed after the bells had rung calling for a division and I was required to be in the chamber. Therefore I fed Maximus here

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