The ACT government should consider the wider impact of public health restrictions when determining support measures for businesses, an inquiry into the territory's COVID-19 response has recommended.
It was also recommended the ACT government review its implementation of cross-border travel arrangements with NSW, which would help to inform any future decisions on cross-border travel.
The select committee report made 33 recommendations and was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday morning.
The committee included Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee, Labor MLA Suzanne Orr and Greens MLA Jo Clay.
The committee report pointed to comments from business groups, which expressed frustration around the sluggish rollout of the support grants and a lack of communication as a reason why a review of the scheme was needed.
The report recommended a review of protocols between ACT Health and ACT Policing for dealing with people who breach isolation orders who are known to be potentially infectious with COVID-19. It pointed to comments from the ACT Human Rights Commission as a reason for this recommendation.
"As individuals who are subject to isolation or quarantine orders are known to be infectious or potentially infectious, it would appear self-evident that using a criminal justice response to deal with isolation or quarantine breaches must be undertaken with great care, and only as a measure of last resort," the Human Rights Commission submission said.
While all members of the committee agreed on all recommendations, Ms Lee did note that she wished some recommendations had been made stronger.
"When you have a three-member committee comprised of two members from the coalition government, there were some recommendations that I personally believe should and could have been made stronger," she told the Assembly.
"[And there are] recommendations that should have been more explicit."
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Meanwhile, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith introduced proposed amendments to the Public Health Act in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Under the proposed COVID-19 management powers, the health minister would have the power to impose certain restrictions, including limits on gathering numbers, household visitors and density limits in hospitality venues and retail settings.
Ms Lee said it was a complex and important piece of legislation and that the opposition would be undertaking a thorough look at the bill.
However, Ms Lee said there were some concerns around consultation on the bill.
"We understand that there has been no consultation with the broader community, or legal experts and we do have some serious concerns about that but we will reserve our judgement," she said.
But Ms Stephen-Smith said she believed it was important to introduce the legislation and that it would be examined by a committee.
"With the powers of the committee people will be able to provide evidence to the committee they will be able to seek the advice of experts, the Human Rights Commission [and] people in the community who have a view about these matters," she said.
"And I'm sure that people will express a view."
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