Page 162 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 9 February 2022

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government continue to reject a sensible and pragmatic call to address the housing crisis, as advocated by ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter?

MS BERRY: I reject the premise of that question.

MR PARTON: Minister, do you think that the reactions very clearly expressed by ACTOSS and ACT Shelter before and after we debated this motion are unsound or misguided?

MS BERRY: No, Madam Speaker, I do not. Mr Parton would do well not to try and verbal me and put words into my mouth.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, have you or your staff contacted ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter to discuss their extraordinary media releases?

MS BERRY: We work regularly with ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter on issues concerning housing affordability in the ACT. I am not aware of anybody in my office speaking with ACTCOSS or of ACTCOSS getting in touch with my office concerning their media releases before or after. As I said, we always welcome discussions with ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter. They are important partners in our housing strategy, in its development, delivery and review.

COVID-19 pandemic—Check In CBR app

MS CASTLEY: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health, which I will direct to the Chief Minister. On Monday the Minister for Health announced that the government would wind back check-in requirements, with the Check In CBR app to be used in a smaller number of venues like nightclubs, schools, bars and organised events. While the changes will take effect from 11.59 pm this Friday, the Minister for Health said it would be several weeks before automatic notifications would be sent to users who had attended a higher risk setting. Chief Minister, were the government's changes based on advice from the Chief Health Officer and, if so, what was that advice?

MR BARR: Yes, they were. The advice is what has been announced.

MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, why is your government mandating check-in at bars and restaurants but not at aged-care homes caring for those most vulnerable in Canberra?

MR BARR: I will get a more detailed explanation from the Chief Health Officer on that specific point, but a full risk assessment was undertaken. Factors that influence that are whether a venue has its own visitor log and sign-in requirements that would mean, effectively, that having our sign-in would be a double sign-in requirement. I think that would be a potential explanation in relation to aged care, but let me get the fine detail from the Chief Health Officer and we will provide that to Ms Castley.

MR PARTON: Why isn’t the system ready to send automatic notifications from midnight Friday, given that that is when the new check-in requirements begin?

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