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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2020 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 573 ..


how many graduates had gone on to train professionally as peer support workers in the courts. It was a genuinely inspiring and uplifting day and has only strengthened my determination to see our new ACT Drug and Alcohol Court succeed.

On my last day in New Zealand, I met with Auckland Live, which manages and activates a number of performing arts venues in Auckland. I was lucky enough to visit the newly refurbished Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and to hear about the cultural precinct planning that is being undertaken for the Aotea Arts Quarter. These were interesting in the context of the planning for the new Canberra Theatre and the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct.

Overall, it was a truly inspiring mission that has given me inspiration, determination and confirmation for a number of important initiatives in the ACT in justice, arts and events and seniors areas. I feel privileged to have had so many wise, busy, generous people share their time, their energy, their experience and their ideas with me. I want to thank staff across economic development, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the Community Services Directorate who made the mission such a success.

I also want to express my thanks to Debbie Burkevics from artsACT, who accompanied me and my chief of staff on this trip. Debbie is the quintessential trans-Tasman regional citizen. Her deep knowledge of the creative landscape of both Australia and New Zealand was a tremendous asset during the trip, as was her ability to point me to the best ice cream for refuelling at the end of long days of meetings and travelling, and I thank her for that.

I present a copy of the statement:

New Zealand—Ministerial mission—November 2019—Ministerial statement, 20 February 2020.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Interest Disclosure Amendment Bill 2020

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tertiary Education, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (10.17): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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