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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2556 ..


least of whom are the Condamine Court residents, who found themselves trying to navigate their way through a quarantine period without a functioning intercom system. Despite the fact that that job had been logged multiple times over many months, it had not been dealt with.

This petition calls on the government to ensure that maintenance requests from public housing tenants are dealt with in a required time frame and that the government rectifies all public housing dwellings that are in breach of, or below, health and safety standards. I am genuinely staggered that I have to bring a petition to this chamber in attempt to get this government to follow through on basic human rights.

Roads—speed limits—petitions 31-21 and 38-21

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (10.08): I turn now to the 40-kilometre speed zone petition. Because this enforcement disaster has captured thousands of Canberrans, I can guarantee that quite a number of the people who have multiple fines are also facing a complete loss of income because of the pandemic. I dread to think how many Canberrans are locked up in their homes without regular income and are still trying to figure out how on earth they are going to pay for multiple fines incurred at a time when they did not believe that they were driving outside of the law. I know the call will come from those opposite that these people can apply for hardship relief to stagger their payments in the same way that the call has gone to businesses to apply for relief. I note that many of those businesses are still waiting, and that some of them are closing while they are waiting.

The outcome from this new speed zone was so perverse that this government should show some heart and waive the fines incurred in the month of July. The NRMA is firmly of the belief that individual warnings should have been issued. The Chief Minister was firmly of the belief that individual warnings should have been issued. Certainly, that was his view when he appeared on ABC radio and suggested, some months ago, that warnings had been issued.

This petition calls upon the government in these extremely tough times, when people are facing what many believe are insurmountable challenges, to simply show some heart and remove one of those challenges by waiving the fines issued in the month of July in the CBD zone.

COVID-19—disaster payments—petition 36-21

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (10.10): I wish to talk about my petition from the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, which gathered 588 signatures. I am proud of the fact that it did so—and in less than a week. As a member of this Assembly and as Greens spokesperson for democracy, it is my duty and pleasure to bring many and varied community voices into this Assembly—particularly the voices of those who struggle to be heard. Whenever they are in agreement with Greens’ values of social justice, ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, peace and non-violence, I will bring their voices here.


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