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all members, the media and particularly the Canberra community to read them. Assessment of these submissions included consideration of a number of sensitive issues in submissions made by individuals which those individuals did not want published for personal reasons, a request the committee has taken care to honour.
One of the matters in the committee's terms of reference is the consideration of Victorian legislation passed in 2017 which governs voluntary assisted dying in that state. The committee travelled to Victoria last month and held informative and valuable discussions with palliative care administrators, with members of the 2015-16 Victorian Legislative Council committee on end of life choices and with officials from the Victorian health agency coordinating the implementation of the Victorian legislation.
The select committee will start its program of public hearings this month, with hearings over five days in May and one day in June. A program for the first of the announced committee hearings on 17 and 18 May 2018 will be published before those hearings. The committee's hearings will be public, and all interested in the inquiry are invited to attend or view the proceedings online. The committee's reporting date is the last sitting day for 2018.
I will clarify something very briefly, Madam Speaker. The committee has received a total of 490 submissions. It may receive more, and it has published 487. The committee is currently seeking clarification on minor matters from a small number of submitters.
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (4.25), by leave: I want to put on the record my thanks to the Canberra community for putting in such an effort on their submissions. I have had many people approach me to tell me how difficult it was for them to put in a submission but also how important it was for them to do so. Putting in a submission is not necessarily very easy, and on a topic that for many people is so sensitive and so personal it can take quite a bit of courage and conviction to make views known, whatever those views might be. The record number of submissions received absolutely points to how important this issue is to the ACT and how important it is that we debate it and give these issues a forum. I am very grateful that this committee exists to give that opportunity to people. Through you, Madam Speaker, I want to put on the record my thanks to the Canberra community and the many people who have taken the time to lodge submissions.
Privileges 2018—Select Committee
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (4.27), by leave: I move:
That the resolution of the Assembly of 12 April 2018 which established the Select Committee on Privileges 2018, be amended by inserting a new paragraph (4A):