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pedal-assist bicycles is going to see a new market emerge for him and make it easier for him to provide a broader range of products similar to that provided in Europe. It is a very important reform in that respect as well.

Of course, we know that we will see a larger number and variety of models of electric bikes now being sold in the ACT. Everyone can use a bit of extra oomph, Madam Deputy Speaker, in their pedalling. That is exactly what a pedalec provides. While the government has been a strong supporter of cycling, we cannot flatten the hills or remove headwinds. But we can give riders the next best thing by expanding the range of power-assisted bicycles able to be used in the territory. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 11.31 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Work safety—regulations

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health, which probably is not a great surprise. Minister, I refer to reports that more than 100 construction workers walked off two Canberra Hospital construction sites yesterday because the contractor allegedly failed to comply with the law relating to the election of a worker to the work health and safety committee. This comes on the heels of the government’s Getting home safely report. In releasing the report, your colleague Mr Corbell said:

This is a sobering report. This report highlights an unacceptable work safety record in the ACT’s construction industry …

It also comes on the heels of the introduction today of Mr Corbell’s exposure draft legislation to establish an industrial relations court. Minister, why is it that the government’s own construction projects have failed to set the benchmark for compliance with legislated work safety requirements and standards?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his question and his interest in matters relating to occupational health and safety. I am not sure it was as clearly shown when we were debating the occupational health and safety national law bills in the last term of the parliament, when we actually did strengthen the occupational health and safety laws, or indeed when the opposition opposed the industrial manslaughter laws that this government brought in.

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