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The ACT also needs appropriate legislative powers to meet these biosecurity risks. In August this year, the government agreed to the development of the biosecurity bill. This proposed bill will provide an effective modern management tool, be responsive in emergency situations, be responsive to the future growth of the Canberra international airport as a regional import and export hub and be implemented effectively by government and industry.

It is important that the capability of ACT’s biosecurity staff is maintained. In June, biosecurity operational staff participated in the nationally recognised Biosecurity Emergency Response Training Australia course. The ACT has a representative on the National Biosecurity Response Team and continues to maintain and establish connections throughout the local region and across the country.

In closing, the ACT government continues to deliver a broad expanse of work, in conjunction with government and industry partners, to protect the ACT from biosecurity risks. I acknowledge and thank the small and dedicated biosecurity team within the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate for leading this work. The current nature of the biosecurity threat environment will require governments, industry, business and the community to do even more. Therefore, we must continue to work together in a vigilant and agile way to address the current and future biosecurity threats head on.

I present the following paper:

Biosecurity—Ministerial statement, 19 October 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2022-2023

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2022-2023]

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2022-2023—Select Committee report

Estimates 2022-2023—Select Committee report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

City Renewal Authority—Part 1.14

Debate resumed from 18 October 2022.

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