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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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I would like to acknowledge the assistance of the committee office, who assisted in the absence of our secretary, and once again thank committee members for their patience and understanding through this unanticipated series of events.

Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank ACT government ministers and directorate and agency officials for their contribution to this inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 3—government response

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.04): For the information of members, I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2) and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2)—Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

I thank the committee for their work in inquiring into these two bills and for the succinctness of their recommendations. The government has agreed with one and noted the other.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to a later hour.

ACT prevention of violence against women and children strategy 2011-17—second implementation plan

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.06): Today I am tabling the final report of the second implementation plan 2015-17 under the ACT prevention of violence against women and children strategy 2011-17. The report provides the opportunity to reflect on the solid work done so far to reduce the prevalence of domestic and family violence in our community but also serves as a reminder that there is still much to be done.

The ACT government is committed to ending violence against women and children, recognising that domestic and family violence is a widespread social problem with long-term impacts on our community. This violence often happens behind closed doors and can be a hidden issue. It impacts on people regardless of their beliefs or

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