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This would occur in cases where a person issued with a tree reparation direction fails to comply with it and the territory needs to undertake the repair of damage or removal and replacement of the tree, as specified in the direction. This amendment aligns with scrutiny comments.

Minor technical changes clarify which directions are exempt from tree-damaging offences, which authorisations may require a tree bond, and which decision-maker may seek Tree Advisory Panel advice. These also refine and reduce powers relating to the incorporation of documents and the making of regulations. These technical amendments will ensure best practice legislative practice and alignment with other legislation.

These amendments are responsive to the comments from the justice and community safety committee in its legislative scrutiny role and recommendations from the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services inquiry into the Urban Forest Bill 2022, report 11.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank officials from Transport Canberra and City Services and the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate for their input into this bill, colleagues in the Assembly, members of cabinet, and those who have been involved in the committee inquiries and reviews that have led to this point. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the community and industry on the implementation. I commend these government amendments to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Cheyne) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Construction industry—parental leave

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.46): I would like to take the opportunity today to talk about an incredible individual named Jess. I happened to meet Jess recently at the CFMEU breakfast barbecue for International Women’s Day. At the time Jess shared that she is the first project-based construction worker from her company to take parental leave, although she stressed that this did not extend to office workers, managers or other professionals within the company. However, as you can imagine, Mr Deputy Speaker, I still found this to be a striking first and, with her permission, shared it on my social media.

The community response was significant and entirely positive, so I have since asked Jess if she would be comfortable with me sharing her story today. In her own words, this is what Jess had to say:

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