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incredible skill of her art and her teachings, which will always live on. Her creations have enriched our local and national conversations about many important socio-political issues. The messages from these are gifts which will endure for generations.

Her outstanding contribution as an educator ensures that her skill, her technique and her knowledge as a painter live on in the practice of the many artists in our regions whom she taught. My thoughts are with her family and her friends at this very difficult time. I present a copy of the statement:

Recognising a significant contribution to the Canberra region and Australian arts sector—Ministerial statement, 4 August 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

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 Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (11.13): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I will say from the outset that this is possibly the least exciting piece of legislation that this Assembly will debate in this parliament. It comes about because on 29 May last year the national cabinet agreed that the Council of Australian Governments, COAG, would cease. It also agreed to form the National Federation Reform Council as a joint forum of first ministers and treasurers from across all Australian jurisdictions and to include the president of the Australian Local Government Association in the Federation Reform Council.

In June of last year, the newly established national cabinet commissioned a review into former ministerial forums and councils to reset and rationalise COAG. In October, national cabinet accepted the review’s recommendations, including recommendation 30 that the commonwealth, states and territories should introduce legislation to amend outdated references to COAG councils and ministerial forums. That is why we are here today.

The bill that I am presenting will make amendments to outdated references to COAG and COAG ministerial councils and forums and it will do so in the following acts: Dangerous Goods (Road Transport) Act, the Dangerous Goods (Road Transport)

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