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that people will continue to work with us to make the ACT’s industry recognised as the best in delivering quality buildings and the best place for quality practitioners to operate.

I present the following paper:

Building reforms—Ministerial statement, 23 July 2020.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Health Amendment Bill 2020 (No 2)

Ms Stephen-Smith, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children, Youth and Families and Minister for Health) (10.58): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I introduce the Public Health Amendment Bill 2020 (No 2). As members are aware, as part of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, national cabinet agreed that anyone arriving in Australia from overseas must self-quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel or other premises. Consistent with the national cabinet position, travellers from overseas who have arrived in the ACT since 19 March 2020 have been required to undertake mandatory quarantine under the Public Health (Returned Travellers) Emergency Direction.

Under these arrangements the ACT has accepted two international flights, for a total of 508 returning Australians. The first flight arrived from India on 14 May 2020 carrying 208 passengers, and the second arrived from Nepal on 9 June 2020 carrying 300 passengers. The majority of the travellers on these two flights were not ACT residents but people who had to continue their trips onto their home jurisdictions after the end of the quarantine period. Noting the ongoing global situation in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly likely that the territory will be asked to host further overseas flight arrivals in coming months.

To date, the ACT government has taken responsibility for meeting the hotel quarantine costs for all travellers returning to the territory, including accommodation, food, other personal related expenses, health screening, transport and security policing costs, on the basis that the costs of accommodating non-ACT residents would be on-passed to home jurisdictions. Under these arrangements there has been a clear

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