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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3623..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Housing—waiting list

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 30 June 2011): I would like to inform the Assembly that:

There are currently 16 applications awaiting consideration by the Multi-disciplinary panel and 138 applicants on the Priority Housing waiting list.

Domestic violence laws

Mr CORBELL (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 30 June 2011): Advocacy for Inclusion wrote to me on 3 June 2010 proposing that the ACT consider adopting the definition used in the NSW Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007. The proposal would extend the definition of domestic relationship to include a person who:

� is living in the same household;

� is living in a residential facility; and

� has or has had a relationship involving his or her dependence on the ongoing paid or unpaid care of the other person.

I gave an undertaking to consider the Advocacy for Inclusion proposal in future reform in the context of the Australian Law Reform Commission and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission Final Report Family Violence—A National Legal Response.

Domestic violence laws

Mr CORBELL (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 30 June 2011): There is no fixed timeframe for progressing the ACT specific matters raised in the Final Report. The Government is strongly committed to reducing and preventing family violence in the community and will consider specific circumstances requiring urgent reform.

I anticipate that I, together with Ms Joy Burch as Minister for Women, will release an ACT Strategy on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children 2011-2017 later this year.

Domestic violence laws

Mr CORBELL (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter on Thursday, 30 June 2011): I will not commit to that definition at this stage. My Directorate is considering the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission Final Report Family Violence—A National Legal Response, which was launched on 11 November 2010.

The Final Report recommends that State and Territory family violence legislation should include examples of emotional and psychological abuse or intimidation and harassment that illustrate conduct that would affect—although not necessarily


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