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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2379 ..


take things on notice. There are other times, clearly, when it is possible that human error can occur, and that was the case last week. I have apologised for that. From time to time we all make a mistake or two, Mr Parton, and you of all people—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, have you received any other briefs or advice from your office or directorate about false or incorrect statements that you have previously made during media appearances?

MR BARR: In my entire career? I recall, yes, over more than 15 years, that there have been times I have misspoken, occasionally in this place and sometimes in media interviews. When you identify an error, Madam Speaker, the appropriate thing to do is to apologise and correct the record, which is what I have done on multiple occasions when something has been drawn to my attention.

MRS KIKKERT: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Kikkert.

MRS KIKKERT: Chief Minister, why is it not a top issue for you when to many of the 18,000 who received a $300 fine it is a big issue of affordability?

MR BARR: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the question. As I outlined in my response yesterday, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. There are hundreds of people in hospital just a couple of hundred kilometres up the road from us. The virus has spread outside of the Greater Sydney area. This is my number one priority at the moment—responding to the pandemic, addressing the vaccination rollout, ensuring that we deliver our budget at the end of this month, continuing the ACT government’s engagement in the national cabinet process. We are continuing to focus—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: The national cabinet process is, of course, broader than just the response to the initial and impending issues associated with the pandemic. We continue to respond to climate change, which is an urgent priority. We continue to respond to the need to build more houses in this city, which is another urgent priority. We continue to provide support to the tourism and hospitality sector. We continue our focus on emergency services, police and ambulance, and we continue to deliver healthcare services in the community. We focus on the rollout of new infrastructure across the city, including public transport projects. We are, of course, continuing—

Mrs Jones interjecting—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones! Mr Hanson!


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