Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .
Finally, the bill amends evidence law to allow police interviews with an adult victim of sexual assault to be used as evidence in chief in a criminal trial. This measure further recognises the government's commitment to reducing the negative experiences of victims of sexual assault from their involvement in the criminal justice process. Throughout all of these measures the bill is very much a tangible step to strengthen our community's response to domestic and family violence. I commend it to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (5.01): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move an amendment that is minor and technical in nature.
MR CORBELL: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2170] and I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendment. These government amendments state that the commencement date of the Family Violence Bill will be extended to 1 May 2017. As with any new scheme, not all implementation issues are apparent before implementation takes place. Extending the commencement date will allow key stakeholders to consider implementation further and ensure that the government is able to address any concerns that may arise before the law becomes operational.
Amendment agreed to.
Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
Personal Violence Bill 2016
Debate resumed from 7 June 2016, on motion by Mr Corbell:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Just before we vote on this motion, I remind members that we have had a cognate debate on this bill and the Family Violence Bill. So the question now before the chamber is that the Personal Violence Bill be agreed to in principle.
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