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We have also modernised the liquor laws to remove old requirements that do not necessarily apply in modern innovative businesses. These include the requirement for coat racks in toilets, the provision of telephone services or regulations about where to position glass washers.
This government is constantly working to create an environment where innovative businesses that provide a good experience, are low risk and are compliant with the law are able to flourish and grow so that we can continue to build a more vibrant Canberra.
MR STEEL: Minister, can you advise how the government is helping to ensure that people out enjoying our diverse night-life remain safe?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Steel for his question and also acknowledge the work that he has been doing in helping to encourage people to enrol to vote in the upcoming optional postal survey.
Ensuring that our night economy is safe is key to promoting new business and encouraging people to enjoy what Canberra has to offer. Canberrans have a right to be safe and to feel safe during a night out. This government is delivering a range of new services and regulations to ensure safety in our night precincts.
One example is the CBR NightCrew program, which the government has funded for 12 months. The CBR NightCrew program offers chairs for people to rest, water for hydration, basic first aid, advice and assistance for safe transport options, and mobile phone charging so that young people can contact their friends or arrange a lift home. Roving NightCrew teams also move around the Canberra city centre to assist where necessary.
In addition, the government has delivered stronger legislation this past April to help keep licensed premises safe. For example, the law now gives licensees a statutory power to evict or refuse entry to intoxicated, violent or disorderly patrons. The new legislation and safety measures will be supported by the ACT government’s commitment to fund six additional police officers for night-time patrols. People who want to enjoy a safe night out will be supported by teams of people watching for those who need help, by legislation to help venues manage their safety, and by more police to enforce the law. The government is and will remain committed to promoting a safe, vibrant night-time economy.
Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—aluminium cladding
MS LAWDER: My question is to the minister for health. Minister, on what date were you, or your directorate, first made aware of the fire risk posed by the cladding at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. I may have to take the specific dates on notice, but of course I note that, immediately following the Grenfell fire tragedy and Mr Gentleman’s subsequent statements around the work that the ACT government was doing, a significant desktop audit was commissioned. That