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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Domestic violence

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (11.19), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises that all forms of violence are abhorrent and that we need to work together to put an end to family and domestic violence in our community;

(2) notes:

(a) the importance of comprehensive justice and community safety responses to family and domestic violence, which claims the lives of more than 100 people in Australia every year;

(b) the ACT Government's strong commitment to responding to family and domestic violence;

(c) the ACT Government's funding of numerous services including, for this year, $1.89 million for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and $0.8 million for the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and the more recent additional commitment of $300 000 from the Confiscated Assets Trust Fund to address family and domestic violence;

(d) that last year the Productivity Commission found a significant unmet demand for legal assistance and recommended there be a $200 million increase in legal assistance service and funding nationally;

(e) that in the last Budget the Commonwealth announced cuts to legal assistance services supporting victims of domestic violence, including:

(i) $80 000 to the Women's Legal Centre; and

(ii) $60 000 to the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre; and

(f) the bipartisan approach by all State and Territory Attorneys-General to the funding cuts by the Commonwealth that are severely impacting on the ability of legal assistance organisations to deliver services to those most in need; and

(3) calls on the Federal Government to:

(a) provide States and Territories with proposed funding allocations no later than 31 March 2015;

(b) commit to no further funding cuts to Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres and the Aboriginal Legal Services;


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