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is. I called for something to be considered. I think it is shameful of members in this place to come in here and try to shame people out of bringing ideas forward. I think that it says more about your values than anyone else’s. In conclusion, I would urge all members in this place to support this motion. I think it is a good one and I look forward to seeing this progress.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Health—COVID-19 data—correction

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (4.02), by leave: During question time I read from an email that I had understood to be a response that was provided to a journalist in response to their questions. I subsequently realised that that was not the final version of the response that was provided to the journalist. The final version actually contained some additional information and some corrections to the numbers. Rather than reading out the entire thing again, I present the following paper:

Final response to media inquiry regarding vaccination status of people who had been admitted to ICU and those who had died with COVID-19 in 2022 (provided to journalist 4 February 2022).


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Ginninderra electorate—small businesses

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.02): We all know that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. More than 30,000 private sector enterprises operate across Canberra, the majority of them small. Despite our reputation as a city of public servants, nearly two-thirds of our workforce are employed in the private sector.

Small business owners are champions who assume enormous personal risk as they create and grow their businesses. Their commitment to innovation and excellence keeps essential and desired services available whilst providing their employees with opportunities to develop, to grow and to provide for themselves and their families.

In many cases, small businesses are also important elements of our communities and neighbourhoods, building connections, bringing people together and supporting worthwhile endeavours. This is certainly true of Duncan’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, located in Page, in my electorate of Ginninderra. As well as owning its own premises, Duncan’s also acts as the well-regarded landlord of many of the other shopkeepers in Page. It is obvious that owner Jason Duncan and his team take great pride in the way that they manage and maintain their properties, making the Page shops an inviting place to visit.

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