Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2022) . . Page.. 2636 ..
The committee notes that the ACT’s kangaroo management program has already been extensively reviewed, including in four ACAT hearings and reviews of the counting methodology and culling program.
In her response to the petition, the Minister for the Environment advised that the kangaroo program has been periodically and scientifically peer reviewed and that the ACT government relies on best practice scientific methodologies for undertaking kangaroo surveys and population estimates.
The minister also stated that, in keeping with its commitment to ongoing review and improvement, over the next 12 months the government will repeat the ACT residents’ opinion poll, review the 2017 Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Controlled Native Species Management Plan, and undertake an independent veterinary audit during the 2023 conservation culling program, to ensure continued regard for animal welfare issues.
For these reasons, and in light of the minister’s commitments, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 17-22.
Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (12.00): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing.
On 3 August 2022, a petition of 2,697 Canberrans calling for a recovery plan for nursing and midwifery workers was presented to the ACT Legislative Assembly. This is the largest petition presented to the Assembly so far this term.
At its private meeting on 9 August 2022, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into petition 19-22, relating to a recovery plan for nursing and midwifery workers. The committee understands that the past few years have seen all frontline healthcare workers, particularly nurses and midwives, facing stress, fatigue and burnout. The committee is keen to inquire into this issue and provide solutions-focused recommendations to government, with a particular focus on workforce planning, staff shortages and skill mix issues.
The committee is now accepting submissions, with a closing date of 5 pm on Monday, 9 December 2022. The committee then intends to conduct public hearings in the first half of 2023, with a view to finalising and presenting a report shortly afterwards.
Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.01): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to the Legislative Assembly resolution of 5 May 2022 requesting that the committee consider investigating the impact of short-term holiday letting on the rental housing market.