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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3503 ..

will assist the government in undertaking feasibility and design works and get proposals to a shovel-ready state in those locations as well so that they can get underway with construction and create jobs and better communities.

Exact dates will be informed following consultation and detailed design, but these projects will be delivered in this term of government. I look forward to keeping the community up to date as we make our local shopping centres across the city even better with these upgrades.

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

Supplementary answer to question without notice

National Multicultural Festival—COVID-19

MS CHEYNE: In response to the question on notice I took from Mrs Kikkert about participants in the 2020 National Multicultural Festival, there were over 300 stall holders at the 2020 festival, with approximately 80 different multicultural groups represented.

COVID-19—testing centre fees

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I have received confirmation from Canberra Health Services that they will test people at EPIC and Garran who need it for travel but will then send those individuals an invoice. This is obviously a bit of an inconsistent practice at the moment and I have asked both the Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services this morning to work together to provide very clear information for the community.

I would say that I am surprised to hear that the shadow minister for business is encouraging the ACT government to compete with private businesses for testing that is not required for a public health response in the ACT and to provide that service for free when it is not, obviously, provided for free by private businesses and to be undermining the business of private businesses in the ACT.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Reports—

No 10/2021—2020-21 Financial Audits—Overview, dated 16 November 2021.

No 11/2021—Digital Records Management, dated 18 November 2021.

Bills referred to Committees, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended—Bills—Not inquired into—

Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Amendment Bill 2021 (Government bill)—Copy of letter to the Speaker from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, dated 17 November 2021.

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