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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 November 2020) . . Page.. 13 ..

We want Canberrans to have a stronger voice in the way their city is governed and what their neighbourhoods look and feel like. That desire is reflected in commitments to update and improve Canberra’s planning system and foster neighbourhood democracy. We want to build community connection and have members of our community work together and with government to solve the questions we face and be clear in prioritising where we put our effort.

There is, of course, much more in the agreement and in the election platforms that both the Greens and Labor took to the election. The agreement is a public document, as it should be, available online for anyone with an interest to read.

One question that has already been posed is whether we can get it all done. It is a broad-ranging agenda, brimming with plans to make this city better, and meets the needs and aspirations of our citizens. It is ambitious, but we make no apologies for that. It is what we stood for, and it is what the people of this city deserve.

For the Greens, we would rather set stretch goals than have a shortage of ambition. This agreement does that, and we Greens look forward to working with our colleagues in the Labor Party to deliver our ambitious plans for the residents of this territory.

Election of Deputy Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: We now move to the nomination of candidates for Deputy Speaker. Standing order 4 requires that the Assembly proceed, at its first sitting after an election, to elect a Deputy Speaker.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.01): I nominate Mr Parton, and I move:

That Mr Parton be elected Deputy Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton, do you accept the nomination?

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.01): Yes, I do.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there any further proposal? There being no further proposal, I declare Mr Parton, the member proposed, to have been elected as the Deputy Speaker.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 15—Annual Reports—2019-2020—

ACT Ombudsman, dated 6 October 2020.

Inspector of the ACT Integrity Commission, dated 6 October 2020, along with the Annual Operational Review.

Office of the Legislative Assembly, dated October 2020.

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