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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3384 ..


One thing I know about businesses is that they must have a can-do attitude. Canberra businesses have been agile, they have pivoted and they have reinvented themselves—all to keep up with everything that has been thrown at them over these last 18 months. It is a shame that this Labor-Greens government is unwilling to do the same.

I am disheartened that, once again, I have put before this Assembly a motion that fights for courageous business owners in Canberra—the hardworking Aussies who have been brave enough to take the gamble and start their businesses—and that, unfortunately, once again, I will have to tell them the sad news that this Labor-Greens government will not stand up for them. It is a shame. I do not support the amendment Mr Steel has moved.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 15

Noes 8

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Environment—climate change

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.53): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) climate summit in Glasgow has been billed as the world’s last chance to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid a climate catastrophe;

(b) the ACT is a small jurisdiction but is a global leader on climate action, helping to drive change beyond its borders;

(c) in 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly declared we were in a climate emergency and in 2021 called for a treaty to end the proliferation of fossil fuels;


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