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is happening about climate change, if they do not go this will happen: “If you do not go, you must not care about the future. If you do not care, you must not care about your children’s future. If you do not care, then you do not care about me.” That is putting pressure on the kids who do not want to go to a rally or anything else but want to stay in school and to learn.

Putting extra pressure on children and bullying them in schools or outside of the school environment was a main point that was discussed in the inquiry. It was dismissed by the Greens; that particular issue was not mentioned at all. We all care about children being bullied in school. We know that children suffer increasingly through mental health. Kids have committed suicide because of bullying.

Mr Davis interjecting—

MRS KIKKERT: Do you really want to add that into your mentality when kids are being bullied at school? Do you want to add politicising them to their curriculum when they are at school? I do not think it is right, and I support the committee’s decision in not supporting the bill. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 6

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (11.43): Pursuant to standing order 245C, I present:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into the Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2), dated 25 February 2022, together with a dissenting report (Mrs Kikkert) and a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings—

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for the Tenth Assembly. The public accounts committee examined the bill, hearing from a number of witnesses including the relevant minister, officials from the relevant directorate, the Office of the Legislative Assembly and officers of the Legislative Assembly. The committee has made six recommendations as part of its inquiry.

Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the relevant minister and directorate officials, as well as the Clerk, the ACT Auditor-General, the ACT Ombudsman, the ACT Integrity Commissioner, the ACT Electoral Commissioner and all of their respective staff. On behalf of the committee, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Mr Assistant Speaker, I now wish to address my dissenting report as a private member. Specifically, I dissent from recommendation 2, and offer a different recommendation.

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