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Ms Le Couteur and their offices for collaborating with government to come to an agreement on this bill. I would also like to thank PCO, my directorate officials as well, Blair in my office for his patience—a fantastic job—and of course Janice in the Clerk’s office for their help during this as well.

The bill of course now being amended with the government amendments will be effective and focused. It will avoid excessive red tape and result in a more informed community.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (5.42): I would also like to put on the record my thanks to all the people who have worked very hard on this, particularly of course Jason in my office. I do appreciate the even larger amount of time Ausilia has put in, also Blair’s contribution and the work of PCO, which clearly has been on a 24-hour basis, unfortunately. I look forward to this being a new era of transparency for the ACT government and hope that we do not see any of the issues of the past.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Girls takeover parliament

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.43): On the week of 8 to 12 October I was really pleased to take part once again this year in the girls takeover parliament program, and I welcomed Eleanor Cooper to my officer. Eleanor is a student at the ANU. For the week she shadowed me and took part in many of the activities I would normally undertake on a day-to-day basis, and she undertook a lot of those on my behalf. We went to a range of community events, doorknocked, letterboxed, had a mobile office, wrote speeches, had media interviews, put out social media posts and we did many of the other things a general week in an MLA’s office involves.

The girls takeover parliament program is a bipartisan innovative program that pairs young girls and women with politicians to ensure that the voices and opinions of young girls and women are heard. It encourages them to think about politics into the future. It is a program on a mission to show the world the benefits of using and unleashing the potential of girls and to inspire more women and girls to enter politics. It is chosen to take place at that particular time of the year to coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child, which takes place on 11 October.

Eleanor was joined by 18 other young Canberra women in the ACT Legislative Assembly takeover. Women and girls globally comprise only 23.8 per cent of parliamentary positions, quite different to the case in the ACT. I would also like to thank former senator for the ACT the Hon Margaret Reid for speaking with a number

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