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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2225 ..

In ATODA’s budget submission, they rightly pointed out that while the government has committed to further developing approaches to reducing smoking rates among high-risk population groups, it remains unclear how they will go about implementing this commitment.

While I am aware that smoking cessation work is partly done through the healthy Canberra grants program, to be successful in supporting these smokers we need an overarching and strategic approach to cessation among the stubborn eight per cent, especially given the particular and nuanced needs within these communities.

I look forward to continuing to participate in this discussion as the ACT Greens spokesperson for health, young people and drug harm reduction. I once again thank Dr Paterson for her motion, which the ACT Greens proudly support.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.40), in reply: I thank Minister Stephen-Smith, Mrs Jones and Mr Davis for their input into the debate. I am very glad that this motion has received tripartisan support. It is testament to the fact that this is a really important issue and we do not want to be going backwards on it.

I agree with the point made by Mrs Jones and Mr Davis that unless you are vaping as an adult, the ins and outs of these devices can be quite foreign to you. However, that is exactly what this industry targets at children, in advertising on social media platforms that is particularly pitched to children and has a lot of content from overseas.

Thank you very much for supporting this motion today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (3.42): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the potential economic benefits of the use of e-invoicing by the ACT government for the ACT’s economy, including the:

(a) reduction in processing costs for businesses and not-for-profit organisations that provide goods and services to the ACT government;

(b) reduction in payment times, which will speed up cash flow;

(c) reliability and security of the system, reducing fraud and errors; and

(d) automation of record keeping and information management, enabling organisations to more easily meet their regulatory obligations; and

(2) calls on the ACT government to implement e-invoicing in all ACT government directorates and agencies by 1 July 2022, in line with the Australian government’s policy.

Today I am calling on the Labor-Greens government to implement e-invoicing across the ACT public service by 1 July 2022. E-invoicing is the digital exchange of invoices

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