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To ensure complete accountability and transparency in the operation of the reserve, the Treasurer will provide the Legislative Assembly with a reconciliation of the amounts authorised for payment from the reserve in the quarterly financial statements required under section 26 of the Financial Management Act. This reporting provision is in addition to the requirement under section 30F of the FMA for the Treasurer to provide the Legislative Assembly with a report on the capital works program at least every six months.

Madam Deputy Speaker, the capital works reserve is an important improvement to budgeting practices. It is an effective mechanism for achieving better capital works program estimates, whilst providing agencies with the cash-flow flexibility to achieve the best program outcome. More accurate capital works program estimates and budgeting will provide the community and industry with more accurate estimates in the timing of capital works activity. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion of Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2019

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, a Human Rights Act compatibility statement and the government response to the report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety inquiry into the exposure draft of the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (4.34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Since the government announced that we would be embarking on a process to reform the ACT’s compulsory third-party insurance scheme, members in this place have heard a lot from a lot of different people. One of those people whose story probably has not had the attention it deserves is Shelley, who gave evidence to the CTP citizens jury during their first round of deliberations in late 2017.

Shelley is a Canberra mum who was involved in a car accident at the intersection of Long Gully Road and Mugga Lane in 2011. She misjudged the speed at which another car was coming towards her when making a right-hand turn, and that car ploughed into her own, trapping Shelley inside.

In the accident, Shelley suffered major injuries that included a broken pelvis, broken ribs, leg and ankle, fractured vertebrae, and a lacerated liver. Fortunately, her seven-month-old son, who was in the back seat of the car, was not seriously injured, because his baby capsule protected him from the brunt of the impact. Shelley spent six

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