Significant progress on Parliamentary & Governing Agreement

Protecting and creating secure local jobs, maintaining Canberra’s natural environment, supporting the transition to a net zero emissions future and progress on reducing inequality and poverty in the Territory are some of the key achievements outlined in the first report on the Parliamentary & Governing Agreement (PAGA) for the 10th ACT Legislative Assembly.

The PAGA was signed by all ACT Labor and ACT Greens MLAs represented in the ACT Legislative Assembly following the 2020 Election, outlining the shared priorities and commitments of the two parties.

Chief Minister and ACT Labor leader Andrew Barr said that the two parties have provided a stable and effective Government for the ACT.

“2021 has been a challenging year for our community,” Chief Minister Barr said.

“Having an experienced and stable Government was critical in our public health response – and it will be essential as we chart our social and economic recovery.

“Despite the interruption of the pandemic, the Government has commenced many of the important investments and commitments outlined in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement, primarily through the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Budgets. These shared priorities are what both parties were elected to achieve, and I look forward to working with my Labor and Greens colleagues in the Assembly to continue progress on the Agreement.

“With a Federal election fast approaching and continued global uncertainty, Canberrans will be looking for stable and effective government at the Territory level to continue driving our economic recovery. This will be our priority over the coming years.”

Attorney-General and ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury said this important report showed that the two parties were effectively working together to achieve what was set out in the PAGA.

“The Canberra community wants an open, accountable and transparent Government which is why this first report into the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement is important. This progress report is an important accountability measure to keep the government on track and the community well informed.

“In this two party government of the ACT Greens and ACT Labor, we are committed to delivering the important reforms listed in the agreement, which is what the ACT community elected us to do.

“This report shows how two parties working together in government add value from different perspectives for the ultimate benefit of the community.”

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