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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3227 ..

I present the following paper:

Professor of Mental Health Nursing—Ministerial statement, 10 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would allow Mr Hanson to move his motion, in relation to correspondence from Senator Seselja, following the conclusion of Notice No 1, Private Members’ business.

Government Procurement Amendment Bill 2021

Mr Steel and Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (11.24): I, and also on behalf of Mr Gentleman, move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Government Procurement Amendment Bill 2021. This bill that I present to the Assembly today amends the Government Procurement Act 2001 to improve the operation of the Secure Local Jobs Code. The Secure Local Jobs Code commenced on 15 January 2019. The code is established in part 2B of the Government Procurement Act 2001. The code was developed to strengthen the ACT government’s procurement practices by ensuring ACT government contracts are only awarded to businesses that meet high ethical and labour standards.

These amendments ensure the code can continue to effectively support secure, local jobs in the Canberra region. The amendments that I am introducing today were identified through a review of the operation of the Secure Local Jobs Code undertaken by the Secure Local Jobs Code Advisory Council. The report of that review was finalised in December last year and included 10 recommendations. Among the recommendations from the review there were a number that focused on strengthening the act and the Government Procurement Regulation 2007.

Our government is working to deliver Australia’s most effective procurement regime for protecting and promoting local jobs and the rights of Canberrans at work. So we

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