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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3145 ..


The government is progressing a wide range of initiatives that are consistent with the royal commission’s recommendations to strengthen natural disaster preparedness. They include climate change adaption initiatives, enhanced public warnings and information, recovery policy, and ongoing enhancement to the ACT bushfire management practices.

The ACT government continues to be strongly engaged with national efforts to improve our preparedness and responses to disasters, with significant effort being undertaken across all areas of government. This extensive work means that Canberrans will be even better protected and informed during emergencies and natural disasters into the future.

While we remain well prepared in the ACT, I would like to take this opportunity to remind and encourage all Canberrans to complete and update their survival plans. More information about preparing for emergencies and natural hazards can be found online at esa.act.gov.au.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Refugees—resettlement

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (3.11): In response to Mr Braddock’s question about quarantine, I said that I would confirm what I said. I can confirm that it is correct that evacuees did not quarantine in the ACT because they all arrived somewhere else in Australia and completed quarantine in those other locations before they entered the ACT.

ACT Integrity Commission

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, you will recall that at the last sitting Mr Davis asked a question concerning whether the community could have confidence in exposing and eliminating corruption, should it exist in the ACT, in light of the recent events in New South Wales.

After the Chief Minister had answered the question, pointing out that the Integrity Commission is independent of the executive, the Leader of the Opposition raised a point of order questioning whether the question was in order, as it may have been directed to the wrong minister.

Whilst it is correct that the Integrity Commission is an independent statutory agency, all laws passed by the Assembly are assigned to a minister, and the Integrity Commission Act is assigned to the Chief Minister. It should be noted that, under the current administrative arrangements under schedule 1, the Chief Minister is responsible for integrity policy. Under schedule 2, he is also responsible for executing and maintaining the Integrity Commission Act 2018.


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