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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 22 April 2021) . . Page.. 1126 ..

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 13

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Jones

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021

Debate resumed from 9 February, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.29): I have a feeling that, for the first time today, the Chief Minister and I will be in agreement.

As a new MLA—I have been reminded of this on several occasions this afternoon—and one with little experience, I would like to start by thanking the hardworking staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly, who keep this place running like clockwork. They have been a great support to me in setting up my office and getting running. I was impressed to see them even do guard duty in the Assembly when the doors were closed. It is a very impressive performance.

Madam Speaker, I would like to acknowledge your contribution to this place and to give special acknowledgement to the Integrity Commissioner, the Electoral Commissioner and the Auditor-General. These individuals and their respective offices all play an important role in community confidence in the robustness of our institutions and they support our continuous efforts to guarantee good governance for the people of the ACT.

Madam Speaker, I am very much looking forward to seeing the Assembly’s digital transformation unfold, as it will no doubt aid good government and further improve transparency.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (5.30), in reply: I thank Mr Cain for his contribution. We are in agreement, and what a happy note on which to conclude the budget debates this afternoon.

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