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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 November 2022) . . Page.. 4054 ..


light-rail vehicles and the 14 being retrofitted for the extension of our Mitchell depot. We are getting on with the job of delivering our election promises. The opposition should be upfront with the community with their position on light rail. Why can’t you say you support it?

Ms Lee: A point of order, Madam Speaker. This is question time, and the minister should be relevant to answering the question as opposed to calling for us to release our policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Have you concluded your answer, Mr Steel?

MR STEEL: I have.

Australian Capital Territory—statutory office holders

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in the parliamentary and governing agreement, appendix 2, paragraph 5 refers to a review of statutory office holders. Can you please provide an update on progress on this item?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. Yes, a team within Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development has undertaken an initial desktop review of independent statutory office holders across Australian jurisdictions. This review will be further informed by consultation with stakeholders in early 2023.

MR BRADDOCK: Chief Minister, when do you think the results of this review will be released?

MR BARR: It is on track for a resolution in fiscal year 2023-24.

MS CLAY: Chief Minister, how do you ensure that the ACT government respects the independence of statutory office holders?

MR BARR: Over the years, a number of statutory office holders have been placed under the purview of the Assembly. This question of whether more should be is the subject of the review. We will need to look carefully at each of the statutory positions and make a determination as to whether they best sit as officers of the Assembly or whether their existing governance and statutory arrangements are appropriate.

High-risk weather season—preparedness

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, what is the high-risk weather outlook for the upcoming holiday season?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his interest in the safety of Canberrans during our hazard season. As many are aware, the Bureau of Meteorology has officially declared a La Nina event for this season. La Nina events increase the chances of above average rainfall for northern and eastern Australia over spring and


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