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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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The bill repeals the Domestic Violence and Protection Order Act 2008 and anticipates the remaking of personal and workplace protection provisions in a consequential Personal Violence Bill 2016. As a result of the close interaction between this bill and its consequential bill, both bills will preferably need to be debated cognately.

The bill will improve the ACT justice system's response to domestic and family violence by working towards a seamless legal framework for those who engage with it and by improving access to justice for victims. The bill and its consequential bill provide for a fair and just legal response to family violence by recognising that those who use family violence must be held accountable for their actions and to offer more effective support and interventions to their victims. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Personal Violence Bill 2016

Mr Corbell, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (10.15): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Personal Violence Bill 2016. This bill provides a scheme for personal violence and workplace violence orders similar to the scheme currently available under the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008. Personal violence and workplace violence orders provide legally enforceable mechanisms to facilitate the safety and protection of people who fear or experience personal violence other than family violence.

Personal violence is defined in the bill to include physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, damaging property and threatening, harassing, intimidating and offensive behaviour. Personal violence is perpetrated by someone other than a family member as defined under the Family Violence Bill. The bill incorporates consequential amendments arising from the introduction of the Family Violence Bill 2016 which I have just presented and which, if passed, will repeal the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008.

The bill updates terminology and processes to ensure consistency with the Family Violence Bill 2016 where these are appropriate. The bill also introduces amendments to firearms licences to remove inconsistencies between the Firearms Act 1996 and the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act. These amendments align with the

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