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music. These are all subscribed to on behalf of the Canberra community and anyone with a library membership can use them.

More broadly, the ACT government is continuing to invest in infrastructure development, library collections and facilities on an ongoing basis. This includes the recently upgraded Woden Library, which offers community access to technological equipment and facilities, including a podcast studio and a recording and rehearsal studio. I look forward to seeing more community members engage with these facilities in the future.

As Ms Orr notes, libraries are an important part of the city and provide an important asset to our community. Their role in providing the most vulnerable members of our community, and indeed all members of our community, with access to the internet and technology safely is to be commended. I thank her for her interest in this topic and commend the motion to the Assembly. We will be considering technological access as part of the libraries 2030 project.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.39), in reply: Just briefly, in closing, I would like to thank all members for their contribution today. It is clear from the debate that there is much support for libraries and the role that they play within our community, and certainly a recognition that digital access is an important part of how we prosper and fully participate within our community. I was very encouraged to hear the minister’s closing remarks, where he said that they will be definitely looking at this aspect of provision of services within the Imagining 2030 libraries strategy. I am very keen to see this progress and for digital equity and access to be improved in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Absence of Speaker

The Clerk, pursuant to standing order 6, informed the Assembly that the Speaker would be absent for the period 6 to 22 April 2022 inclusive and that in that period the Deputy Speaker, Mr Parton, as Acting Speaker, would perform the duties of the Speaker.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra—community initiatives and events

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.40): Mr Assistant Speaker Cain, I want to speak to a number of community initiatives and events across the last two weeks. In doing so I acknowledge that this is just a small representation of all that

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