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I think further future work could involve building even deeper relationships with other cities and towns around the world that already have thriving cooperative cultures and creating dedicated and specialised government supports and officials that actively encourage people to start cooperatives. Then the exciting work can begin.

Once these small businesses start and begin flourishing, we can start to actively encourage all of our constituents in our shared community to flex the buying power of their wallets and support sustainable, socially cohesive businesses that generate profit, that look after the planet and that look after people.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Government—business enterprise board appointments

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (3.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) it is essential for good governance and the healthy functioning of democracy that public trust in politics and public offices is strong and deserved;

(b) many federal and state government boards, tribunals, and agencies are stacked with people who have worked in politics or have strong associations to ministers – almost always for the party that was in government when they got the job; and

(c) Government Business Enterprise boards and other government entities are important and powerful bodies that should be non-partisan and committed to serving the public good;

(2) further notes:

(a) the Grattan Institute’s New Politics: A better process for public appointments report was published in July 2022;

(b) the report defines an appointee as having a political connection if they are or have previously worked in politics – as a politician, candidate, political advisor, or employee of a political party;

(c) the ACT has the equal-highest most politically affiliated Government Business Enterprise board members from the same side of politics as the government that appointed them, all of whom are or were affiliated to ACT Labor;

(d) the report shows, on pages 12 and 13, the breakdown between states and territories of Government Business Enterprise board appointments with political affiliations as of May 2022:

(i) Australian Capital Territory – 14 percent;

(ii) Queensland – 14 percent;

(iii) Northern Territory – 11 percent;

(iv) Victoria – 10 percent;


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