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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 February 2018) . . Page.. 162 ..

Mrs Kikkert: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, my question refers to why volunteers from multicultural community organisations have been singled out for concerns over potential lack of RSA training when the law clearly allows for this, not raving on about inappropriate things that have nothing to do with the question.

Ms Berry: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, I do not know that “raving on” is an acceptable parliamentary description of the minister’s response to the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: There are lots of words used. That is probably in the acceptable category, although impolite, so there is no point of order. Minister, you have 30 seconds left if you have anything further to add.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I directly refute the premise of the question that volunteers have been in any way singled out.

MRS KIKKERT: Will the ACT government now ban all non-profit community organisations from obtaining non-commercial liquor permits for other Canberra events?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: That question does not relate to my portfolio.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why did the ACT government decide that a blanket ban on all multicultural community organisations was a better way to address this potential concern rather than allowing Clubs ACT to continue to provide its free RSA training?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: As I have said multiple times in relation to this issue, the decision was taken in relation to response to feedback from a range of stakeholders and it was a decision taken to try to ensure that the festival is as family friendly, as inclusive and as welcoming a place for all Canberrans as possible. It was a decision taken to try to reduce the amount of alcohol available on the footprint. It was one of the decisions that could have been taken in terms of how that it is achieved. We will take feedback from stakeholders following this festival in terms of how this particular decision has been implemented and its impacts and we will consider this again for next year’s festival.

ACT Ambulance Service—government support

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, how is the ACT government supporting our Ambulance Service?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Orr for her interest in emergency services right across the ACT, in particular our Ambulance Service. Our Ambulance Service is the best in the country, as outlined by the report on government services data released last month. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our paramedics and everyone in the ACT Ambulance Service for the hard work that they do in providing such an excellent service to Canberrans.

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