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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal Country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal Country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee

Report 4

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (10.02): I present the following report:

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2), dated 21 February 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I would first like to thank every person and organisation who made a submission to the health and community wellbeing committee inquiry into the Public Health Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2). This bill is a response to calls from human rights bodies such as the ACT Human Rights Commission to implement primary legislation to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, providing powers to implement COVID-19 management directions to better enact human rights safeguards. This legislative framework enables greater accountability and transparency regarding decisions taken in the ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic for the next 18 months.

Protecting public health is a key responsibility of government. The balance of individual human rights and the protection of the public is a complex issue that requires thoughtful and transparent processes to ensure that the needs of the collective do not unduly suppress the rights of the individual.

In a unicameral parliament, the Legislative Assembly’s committees are vital in providing the house of review function of a senate or legislative council. These processes are pivotal to the proper scrutiny of legislation and to ensuring that the voices of the community are listened to by members and reflected in the decisions that we make.

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