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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2634 ..

COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response—Select Committee


MADAM SPEAKER: I have been notified, in writing, of the following nominations for the membership of the Select Committee on COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response, and those are Ms Clay, Ms Lee and Ms Orr.

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on the COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response.

Community sector organisations—COVID-19

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges that:

(a) the ACT community sector has been a vital partner in the ACT Government’s response to the current outbreak of COVID-19;

(b) this partnership has helped the Government respond effectively to significant and complex public health challenges by providing support to communities and individuals facing disadvantage;

(c) ACT community sector organisations have experienced significant increased need for their existing services as well as demand for their crisis response;

(d) since the lockdown began, many of these organisations have experienced a significant drop in their incomes from:

(i) reduced revenue and cashflow impact from fee-for-service activities, including early childhood education provision and disability support;

(ii) reduced rental revenue from affordable rental tenants facing COVID-induced financial hardship;

(iii) cancelled fundraising events; and

(iv) significantly reduced philanthropic donations due to financial uncertainty for businesses and individuals;

(2) further acknowledges that:

(a) this sudden increased demand comes at a time when the ACT community sector has been grappling with significant increased costs arising from several important yet costly reforms, including:

(i) the Fair Work Commission’s 2021-22 equal remuneration decision;

(ii) increases to superannuation; and

(iii) the ACT Portable Long Service Leave Scheme;

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