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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3414..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

This amendment requires that all chief executives provide a compliance report to the Chief Executive of the Department of Justice and Community Safety within 21 days of the end of the financial year and that the Chief Executive of the Department of Justice and Community Safety be required to compile a whole-of-government report on compliance matters, including on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety itself, and publish it in the JACS annual report. This would provide an easily accessible report that provides a snapshot of the government's behaviour in legal matters covered by the model litigant guidelines.

I think that reporting, as Mr Rattenbury said in his remarks, is the first step towards real compliance with the model litigant guidelines and I commend the amendment to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 5, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 6 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Prayers for peace

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.34): On Sunday, 9 August, along with 150 people from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic communities of Canberra, I attended a prayer meeting at the Jewish community centre in Forrest, in my capacity as shadow minister for multicultural affairs, to join in the prayers for peace in the Middle East. It was an occasion that inspired all of us who were in attendance, and I would hope this occasion was only the first step in establishing a regular dialogue among the worshippers from all faiths.

There was a publicity release issued on behalf of the participants which captured the mood and the intent of the prayer meeting, which was called "Prayers for peace in the Middle East"and which read as follows:

It was a reverent but also inspiring time as representatives of the three traditions led worship segments from each tradition in turn. Sufi chant and music from Jewish and Christian choirs was heard together with readings from the Scriptures of each faith and brief comments and a prayer from a leader in each of the three communities. Participants had been asked to respect the intention that this was to be a time of prayer and meditation. The spirit of the event was prayerful and deeply peaceful and many from the different communities appreciated being able to pray together in such a simple but meaningful way.

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