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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 November 2021) . . Page.. 3840 ..

manage future waves of the pandemic, of which there still will be more—the pandemic is clearly not over—we do, I think, have a reasonably positive both economic and public health outlook ahead. Fundamental to that, though, will be an active take-up of the vaccine booster program ahead of the winter of 2022.

As our economic fortunes and our fiscal position are very, very strongly tied to the success of our public health response, one of the single most important things that we can all do, not only to protect our own health and the health of those that we love dearly—our family, our friends, our work colleagues—and the best thing that we can all do is, when it is time to get that booster shot, come forward and get it, to maintain the world-leading levels of protection that we have in this community. It is the best thing for your health but it is also the best thing for our economy.

On that note, I commend the budget to the Assembly and say, with the greatest level of confidence I have had over the course of this year, that our strong vaccination program and our strong public health response will see us enjoy a very strong economic recovery and a more prosperous 2022. I commend the budget to the Assembly.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 16

Noes 9

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mr Cain

Mr Parton

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Jones

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill

Debate resumed from 8 October 2021, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.59): I want to speak briefly and I want to thank the staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly, particularly for their handling of the

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