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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2872 ..

William Hovell Drive. Indeed, I would also note that the minister’s response to Ms Clay’s question was about as weak as his amendment to my motion. His response could be summarised by saying, “There’s nothing to see here, please look away; we’ve already done that.”

I have moved this motion because the outcomes of this project are desperately important to the Canberra Liberals. The release of the Auditor-General’s report was a pivotal moment in this process because the Auditor-General was clearly able to highlight flaws in the business case. That certainly indicates to me that we should be very concerned about some of the assumptions made regarding this ongoing project, and we want to get it right. We will not be supporting the amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 13

Noes 6

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Davis

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Operational Efficiencies (COVID-19) Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 16 September 2021, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.54): The Canberra Liberals agree with the vast majority of the changes proposed in this bill. They deal primarily with extending sensible measures introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak. They include using technology for ease of undertaking day-to-day business in government and community organisations; enabling the Human Rights Commissioner to hear and handle complaints with respect to vulnerable people on an ongoing basis; enabling the Public Trustee and Guardian to delegate functions to staff; and the extension of medical and palliative care leave options for detainees. We also agree with the amendments which, I believe, will be moved by the Attorney-General during the detail stage.

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