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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 257 ..


that is around political donations and their transparency. The parliamentary agreement makes the commitment to ban direct political donations from developers and we are very pleased about that. However, the Greens policy has always been clearer than this.

We would like to see donations come only from people who are registered to vote in the ACT and capped at $5,000. We would also like to see monthly public disclosure of political donations and also the funding disclosure on a public website, with monthly disclosure on non-election periods and weekly disclosure in election periods.

The other thing that we would be very interested in pursuing is legislation around truth in political advertising. Members would probably be aware that if we were commercial companies there would be some regulations around truth in advertising. But political parties are exempt from that. That really does not seem reasonable.

I am also, of course, looking forward to re-prosecuting the corflute wars and seeing if we can think of some better way of managing that incredible logistical feat that we all went through to a greater or lesser extent.

The other thing, of course, that would be looked at is the voting age. I note that the Youth Coalition were very clear that they thought their membership had as much right to vote, if they chose to, as older Canberra residents. All in all, I think it is going to be a very interesting committee. I look forward hopefully to playing my part in it.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (12.25): Madam Speaker, the opposition supports the establishment of this select committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee

Referral

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (12.26): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the employment rate of people with disability in the ACT Public Service is 2.2 percent as at June 2016; and

(b) that the Australian Human Rights Commission report, Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability found the ACT to be the only jurisdiction with an increase in the employment of people with disability over the 2013-15 period;

(2) further notes that the ACT Government’s new Office for Disability and Disability Reference Group has been established to provide strategic policy advice on disability issues; and


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