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achieving this goal. It will not always be possible to eliminate the need for restrictive practices, but their use should be as a result of a considered, planned approach, with the aim of being for the shortest time possible and the least restrictive alternative possible in the circumstance. This work is critical in upholding the human rights of those who are subject to restrictive practices. I commend the report to the Assembly.

I present the following papers:

Senior Practitioner Act 2018—The interim update on the implementation, dated February 2022.

Senior Practitioner Act—Update on the implementation—Ministerial statement, 9 February 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government—economic update and the year ahead

Ministerial statement

Debate resumed from 8 February 2022, on motion by Mr Barr:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (10.18): I would like to add my support to the Chief Minister’s motion outlining the big agenda our government has ahead of us in 2022 and to flag some of the important ways that we are building a stronger local economy through the portfolios that I have responsibility for.

Public sector investment has provided a lifeline for our local and national economies during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is exactly the role it should play. Strong government investment protects and creates jobs and helps smooth major shocks that would otherwise do lasting damage to our economy. As the Chief Minister has noted, we are not out of the woods yet with COVID-19, and that is why we need to continue to deliver our economic agenda of building a big pipeline of public infrastructure works that will see us invest even more in Canberra throughout this year.

Building light rail to Woden is one of the projects at the centre of our infrastructure agenda and will support over 6,000 jobs during its construction. Light rail is making Canberra a better connected, more sustainable and vibrant place to live. Stage 2 to Woden will provide more convenient and reliable transport options for people on the south side, help prevent future traffic gridlock and cut transport emissions for a cleaner environment. We have got the early works for this important project underway right now with essential utilities, like the relocation taking place while our roads have been unusually quiet due to COVID-19.

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