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high level of industry compliance with the display requirements. The displays also serve the purpose of providing more information to consumers to enable informed dietary choices.

With respect to the impact of the kilojoule display laws, the review found that consumers are supportive of the laws. There are, however, some consumer knowledge gaps that may prevent effective use of the available nutritional information. For instance, many consumers are still not aware of the displays and some consumers do not know the average daily energy intake for an adult or how best to apply kilojoule displays to their food choices. These gaps present opportunities, however, for government to improve consumer understanding and use of the displays. They are also an opportunity to work with industry to maximise the potential benefits of the laws.

I accept and support the recommendations made in the review report. The ACT government remains committed to promoting and enabling healthy food and lifestyle choices in order to minimise the adverse personal and community impacts of obesity in particular. As such, my directorate is already working to action the report’s recommendations and take advantage of the insight into potential areas of improvement the report has highlighted. In accordance with my obligations under the act, I commend this report to the Assembly.

Standing orders—suspension

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.29): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Lawder moving a motion to require the ACT Government to table documents relating to cladding on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

What we have seen today from this government is part of an ongoing pattern, a pattern, I guess I would call it, of treating the opposition like mushrooms. And, in case you are not aware, that involves keeping them in the dark and feeding them manure. This is what we are seeing here. We had that discussion earlier this week about the pesky number of questions that the opposition has the temerity to ask of the government. That is because the government do treat us like mushrooms. They do try to keep as much information from us as possible.

The case in point today is the report relating to the flammable cladding at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. The government does not want to have this discussion, and you have to ask why they do not want to have this discussion. According to what we have already heard in this Assembly, Ms Fitzharris has told us that ACT Health has met with representatives of commercial services and infrastructure in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, ACT Fire & Rescue and Access Canberra, as well as internal clinical representatives, to discuss the draft report findings, cross-agency implications and operational implications for ACT Health. Yet the government are unwilling or unable to release that report to the opposition. It is because they like to think of themselves as the—

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