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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 815 ..

Officer’s report for April 2021 and note and support the advice to maintain the ACT’s public health emergency declaration until 18 May 2021. I will take this opportunity to table the report.

The public health emergency declaration enables the Chief Health Officer to continue to take the necessary actions to reduce threats to public health, including issuing public health directions that aim to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These directions include the requirement for returned travellers to undertake hotel quarantine and for confirmed cases of COVID-19 to self-isolate.

While the situation in Australia is currently stable, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advises it is likely that we will continue to see COVID-19 outbreaks. We know that our COVID-19 vaccination program will help to protect the community, and once again I encourage Canberrans to please be patient and, when it is your turn, to please book your appointment and have your COVID-19 vaccination.

We are doing well in the ACT and should be proud of our efforts, but we must remain vigilant and maintain our COVID-safe behaviours so that we can enjoy living in a new COVID-normal Canberra. I sincerely thank the residents of the ACT for their cooperation, patience and resilience.

I present the following papers:

COVID-19—Update on Government response—Ministerial statement, 20 April 2021.

Status of the public health emergency due to COVID-19—Chief Health Officer Report 13, dated 14 April 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Utilities Amendment Bill 2021

Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.51): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am very pleased to present the Utilities Amendment Bill 2021, which is co-sponsored by Minister Rattenbury, the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction. The government understands that the price of electricity is a key

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