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accept. We do, however, look forward to being able to work with our colleagues in the Liberal Party through the course of this term on areas of common interest as we have been able to do in previous Assemblies.
Caroline and I welcome the signing of the parliamentary agreement to deliver progressive and stable government in the ACT over the next four years. Within the agreement there is a shared commitment to deliver an ACT integrity commission, stage 2 of light rail and more investment in affordable housing, means-based education funding and more public transport for the ACT.
The Greens are particularly pleased to have secured the Labor Party’s support for an office of mental health, more funding for walking and cycling infrastructure and a drug and alcohol court. These were important things that the community want. They told us about them in the course of the election campaign. We will now work to deliver them over the coming four years.
We are pleased to see a 20 per cent reduction in the number of poker machine licences in the ACT over the next four years. Problem gambling continues to be a blight on our community, one that ripples through many homes and workplaces. We will continue to advocate over the coming term for stronger gambling harm minimisation measures, including bet limits and pre-commitment measures.
We are pleased to have a common commitment to more affordable housing and reforming our planning system. This parliamentary agreement is just the starting point of our work together to make sure progressive voters’ voices are heard in the Assembly over the next four years.
All of us will continue to passionately advocate for action on climate change. This is something that the Greens know is one of the key issues facing us at a global level, and we must play our part, as local citizens, to contribute to humanity’s efforts to address this very challenging issue. We look forward to the implementation of the ACT’s 100 per cent renewable electricity target, a move to have more clean transport and our public transport delivered by renewable sources and to begin the discussion about how we transition our community away from the use of natural gas as one of the remaining fossil fuels in our system.
The Greens have made our priorities very clear through the course of the election campaign and, equally, the community have made theirs clear to us. We will spend the next four years delivering more and better public transport and more affordable housing. We will seek to restore community confidence in elements of our democracy and we will stand up to the gambling lobby in this city.
Caroline and I are proud to be representing the tens of thousands of people who voted Green this election because they want their representatives to stand for the people, the environment and the future of our city.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the candidates who stood for the Greens. There were 15 of us. They all put an enormous effort into the campaign. I would also like to thank the vast team of volunteers who gave up so much of their