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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3123 ..

I would also say that there is a duty of care to the committee secretariat. The hoops that we have had them jump through over the last few months have been extraordinary. If this government say that they care about workers and staff, what they have imposed on the committee secretariat is pretty shameful. I say, “Let’s give staff time to do their job properly.”

I move:

In new paragraph 7A, omit “report by 12 November 2021”, substitute “report by 19 November 2021”.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (12.03): As an Assembly, we all approved the time frame in order to pass the budget this year and we all need to take some ownership in delivering that outcome now. It is less than ideal, but it is now upon us to make it work, in what has been an unprecedented year of pandemic impacting the operations of this place.

I note that the timing of Mr Hanson’s amendment is now overtaken by events. Committees which have not finished their reports will do so in the next few days. An extension at this point in time will not provide any substantive benefit to those areas.

Mr Hanson: Yes, it would. They would get questions on notice back. They would have transcripts to read. That is pretty substantive, isn’t it?

MR BRADDOCK: I have the transcripts I need to produce the reports that I need, Mr Hanson. Mr Hanson is urging members of the Greens to not speak on the budget. I will always stand for diversity of voices in this Assembly and hence cannot support the proposal. On behalf of all of Greens members in this place, I want to extend our thanks to the committee support area. We recognise that this has been a challenging period for you and hope that you will be able to take a well-earned break at the end of this. We will not be supporting this amendment.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.04): I thank members for their contributions during this debate. The government will not be supporting Mr Hanson’s amendment. I have explained quite clearly why we have the time lines that are in this particular motion and why we need to reflect on the work that our public service has done during this very difficult time. We need to get on with the work that is before us so that we can all have a break around the Christmas period. I will not be, of course, but other ministers and members may be able to.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

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