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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 680 ..


were received and answers to these are likewise available on the committee’s webpage. In all, the committee made 29 recommendations.

Finally, on behalf of the committee, I thank the ACT government ministers and directorate and agency officials for their contributions to this inquiry and also our hard-working secretary, Annemieke Jongsma. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Statement by chair

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (11.02): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

I wish to inform the Assembly that during the period 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, the standing committee and its equivalent committee in the Ninth Assembly considered 14 statutory appointments. In accordance with continuing resolution 5A, I now table a schedule of statutory appointments considered during this reporting period:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—10th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2020.

Territory rights—voluntary assisted dying

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (11.02): I move the motion standing in my name and in the names of Mr Rattenbury and Ms Lee:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises that:

(a) the Commonwealth Government conferred self-government on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 1988; and

(b) after more than 30 years of self-government, the ACT has a:

(i) robust and established parliament;

(ii) strong jurisdictional identity; and

(iii) community which has an expectation that elected, local representatives should and will be able to decide on issues that matter to it;

(2) notes that while section 122 of the Constitution empowers the Commonwealth to make laws for the ACT and Northern Territory on any subject, it rarely exercises this power;

(3) notes with profound disappointment the continued existence of subsections 23(1A) and (1B) in the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cth) which exclude the ACT from the power to make laws with respect to voluntary assisted dying;


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