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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Contract variations:

Conrad Barr, dated 30 June and 28 July 2015.

Fiona Barbaro, dated 21 and 23 July 2015.

Helen Pappas, dated 21 July 2015.

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 47—Instrument of approval of guarantee—Ararat Wind Farm Pty Ltd, dated 6 August 2015.

Domestic Violence Prevention Council report—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (3.32): I present the following paper:

Domestic Violence Prevention Council—Report on Domestic and Family Violence including sexual assault in the Australian Capital Territory—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to present to the Assembly the government response to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council's report on domestic and family violence, including sexual assault, in the ACT. This response, which draws together information on initiatives from across a broad range of ACT government agencies, highlights the government's strong commitment to supporting those who have experienced domestic and family violence. It also reinforces the government's position that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in the territory.

The impetus for the Domestic Violence Prevention Council's report was the Assembly resolution of 18 March this year which called on the government to work with the DVPC to convene an extraordinary meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to assist the DVPC to identify the key issues in the ACT relating to domestic and family violence, including sexual assault, in order to provide advice to me in my role as Attorney-General on how best to address these issues.

The Justice and Community Safety Directorate worked closely with the DVPC to organise this meeting, which was held on Thursday, 2 April this year. The meeting gave over 55 participants the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation about how the government and other stakeholders could strengthen and improve responses to this issue. A broad range of stakeholders attended, including community experts, front-line workers, first responders and, most importantly, people with lived experience of domestic violence.

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