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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 59 ..


policy, and considering further products in the future. We have the evidence to say that the best way to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of these items is to reduce our consumption of single-use plastic products. We have the support of the community and business to take action to build a circular economy.

We look forward to continuing to work with our community and businesses across the ACT and other governments and, with our Plastic Reduction Taskforce, to implement the phase-out successfully under this legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Jones) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legislative Assembly

Sitting pattern 2021

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2021 unless an absolute majority of Members request, in writing, that the Speaker or in the absence of the Speaker the Deputy Speaker, or in the absence of both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker the Clerk, fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting or the Assembly otherwise orders:

February

9

10

11

March

30

31

April

20

21

22

23

May

11

12

13

June

2

3

22

23

24

August

3

4

5

31

September

1

2

October

7

8

19

20

21

22

November

9

10

11

December

1

2

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.44): The opposition will be supporting this sitting pattern; but, in doing so, I note that the sitting pattern for 2021 has fewer sitting days than is the normal practice for this place. The opposition certainly understands that these have been unusual times; certainly, next year we will find ourselves in a position where we have two budgets being presented, which will require two series of estimates hearings, earlier and later in the year.

While acknowledging that, and supporting this motion as it stands, I want to put on the record that once we get through COVID and a degree of normalcy is restored, not


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