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opportunity for an ongoing discussion about safeguards for victim-survivors in criminal proceedings. I would like to thank the stakeholders who contributed written submissions to the inquiry, as well as those who commented during the consultation on the various amendments in the bill. This engagement and feedback provide valuable insight to government and help ensure that our legal framework does remain fit for purpose.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Ms Lawder) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Lee (Leader of the Opposition) for this sitting due to personal reasons.


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.18): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) community concern about the amount and severity of potholes has continued to rise over the past several years;

(b) persistent rain has contributed to the number of potholes but so too has a lack of proactive road maintenance in warmer months;

(c) delivering safe and accessible roads is a basic government responsibility that the Labor/Greens Government is failing at;

(d) Canberrans pay exorbitant levels of rates and it is not unreasonable for them to expect good roads in return;

(e) in October 2022, a motion was moved by the Canberra Liberals calling on the Labor/Greens Government to investigate the current road maintenance approach and to provide residents with a plan to reduce the amount of ratepayers’ money being spent on pothole damage claims; and

(f) this motion was subsequentially watered down by Labor and the Greens who ignored community concerns and proclaimed that all was fine with the condition of ACT roads;

(2) further notes that:

(a) from 1 January to 31 October 2022, the ACT Government received 177 pothole-related damage to vehicle claims;

(b) of these 177 claims, only 51 reached a settlement as at 31 October 2022;

(c) for the 51 settled claims, the average amount paid by the Government was $767.86;

(d) during this period, the average number of days it took for a pothole-related compensation claim to be paid out was 47 working days;

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