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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 151 ..


have been incredibly supportive and have put up with my constant distraction and frequent absence. I love you both.

We Greens have been extremely lucky this year because, no matter how much people give, a campaign does not always lead to a seat. This one led to six. I am blessed with a spot at this table and I will do my absolute best for the climate. I am glad that, here in the ACT, politics has moved beyond outright denialism. That election proved it.

The ANU Smartvote survey asked each candidate two questions about climate change. The responses showed that, while plenty of climate denialists ran, none were elected. In this building, at least, we have moved beyond the toxic debate about whether climate change is happening and whether people are responsible for it. It is. And we are. But the older I get the less I care about what people say. I care more about what they do. It is a better guide to what they believe, and it shows what they will actually achieve.

Do not talk to me about food politics. Show me your dinner plate and I know who you are. I am not interested in theories of divestment. Give me five minutes with your accountant. It is a frightening position, I know. Anyone who aims for an ideal is doomed to fall short. The only thing Australians hate more than a hypocrite is a politician. I guess I will have to live with being both; but it does not matter.

We are in a climate emergency and I know what we need to do. We need to do everything, and we need to do it now. I will do it for the planet, and I will do it for today’s refugees. I will do it for the school strikers until they are old enough to take over from me. I will do it for my daughter and for hers, assuming we are lucky enough and bold enough to succeed.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 1

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.35): I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Report 1—Report on a referral to the Commissioner for Standards, dated 2 December 2020, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.35), by leave, I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 11.36 am to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Government—seniors policy

MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Canberra Times in 2018 suggested that there was “a recurring theme of Mr Barr’s that older


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