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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4021 ..


solutions have been offered at Weetangera and Scullin and I was pleased to see an interim solution for the club to train in Watson. I thank ACT sportsgrounds for setting that up.

We do not need a lot to make these cricket nets work. But they do need a high enough wire fence barrier so that the balls are not whizzing out and injuring people, and a bit of forward planning. The petition did not quite make it to the 500 signatures required for a committee referral, but it did get 378 signatures. I think at the end of the year, when everyone is exhausted, that really shows how much community concern there is on this issue.

I am asking government and the Assembly to consider the needs of that sporting group and all our sporting groups. When we hear from hundreds of people in Belconnen about such a simple upgrade, we know that a small number of resources will help build this thriving sport.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response—Select Committee

Report

MS LEE (Kurrajong-Leader of the Opposition) (10.07): Pursuant to order, I present:

COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response—Select Committee—Report—Inquiry into the COVID-19 2021 pandemic response, dated 1 December 2021, together with a copy of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Legislative Assembly for the ACT established a select committee to consider and report to the Assembly on any matter relating to the ACT government’s health and financial response and any other matter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the ACT. The committee held seven public hearings in total and a variety of witnesses gave evidence, including several ministers, government officials and representatives of community organisations. The committee received 25 submissions and had 13 questions taken on notice in total. The committee report made 33 recommendations across human rights, business, social services, building and construction, health, education and the arts sector.

Madam Speaker, taking off my chair’s hat, when the ACT was plunged into lockdown on 12 August, in Canberra it changed everyone’s lives overnight, and the operations of the Assembly were no exception. It became obvious that the regular scrutiny of parliament was hampered. On our first sitting day after lockdown, the Canberra Liberals called for the re-establishment of the select committee to inquire into the COVID-19 2021 pandemic response. All commissioners from the Human Rights Commission agreed that it was in the best interests of our democracy and public scrutiny at a time when governments were exercising extraordinary powers to respond to extraordinary circumstances in extraordinary times.


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