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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 June 2017) . . Page.. 1914 ..

functions. It will better enable the body to undertake its essential role in communicating systemic advocacy on whole-of-government issues by removing references to “advocating on individual client complaints”. At the same time, it strengthens the elected body’s role in monitoring the effectiveness and accessibility of government programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the ACT government’s accountability for the delivery of these programs and services.

I take this opportunity to thank the current members of the elected body for their work and dedication over the past three years, noting that it has been a time of considerable change for its members, and to acknowledge that their election is currently on foot. I am pleased that, as the minister has noted, there are a record 25 nominations vying for seven positions on the elected body to represent the interests and aspirations of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This is a great turnout for the community and a real testament to the ongoing relevance and future strength of the body. I look forward to working with those candidates who are successfully elected, over their next term of three years, on advancing issues for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.59 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Trade unions—influence on government

MR COE: I have a question for the Chief Minister. My question relates to the media comments last month by Labor’s most successful Chief Minister. Why was Jon Stanhope’s leadership strong enough to keep the CFMEU at arm’s length, yet this government, under your leadership, is incapable of standing up to external influences?

MR BARR: It is a very predictable question from the Leader of the Opposition today. I would observe that, as Chief Minister, you are the beneficiary of a diverse range of advice from members of the community, be they predecessors in the role, those who take a keen interest in ACT politics—

Ms Lawder: Or aspire to.

MR BARR: Or some who may aspire to the role, as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition interjects—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR BARR: You certainly do.

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