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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2640 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Can you resume your seat for one moment, Mr Wall? Mr Wall, I am just mindful that, as the minister alluded to, he is not responsible for the actions of a third party, but ask your question and we will see what it is.

Mr Wall: Just on your ruling, Madam Speaker, he might not be responsible for the actions of third parties but the question was specifically whether or not he was aware of those actions, given that they are claims related to buildings that were not compliant with the Building Code of Australia, fire standards or other relevant construction standards, which is, I imagine, an area of the minister's responsibility.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, thank you, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are you aware of any new buildings in the ACT that are being offered for sale that currently do not comply with the standards set out by the Building Code of Australia?

MR GENTLEMAN: I gave a full answer earlier on to questions from Mr Parton on the compliance of buildings across the territory. If that is related to that, I will refer the member back to that question. In relation, as I mentioned earlier, to the actions of the particular union: no, this is the first time I have been made aware of them.

MR PARTON: Minister, are you aware of any new dwellings in the ACT being offered for sale that do not comply with relevant fire and construction standards?

MR GENTLEMAN: No, I have not been briefed on any new buildings that would not comply with those standards.

Office for LGBTIQ Affairs—outcomes

MR STEEL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what are some of the significant outcomes that the Office for LGBTIQ Affairs has achieved since its establishment just last year?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Steel for the question. The office is the centralised policy development area now for the territory government and provides a single contact point for the community. The office supports the ministerial advisory council and also conducts a range of community forums, surveys and events.

Some of the key outcomes include: extensive work across government and with community groups to implement an engagement campaign and to increase mental health and wellbeing support for LGBTIQ Canberrans; working with Canberra's universities to improve student safety on campus; input into legislative and policy reform, and broader reviews such as the religious freedom review and 2021 census topics; ensuring that public servants across the ACT public sector have access to the training and guidance they need to support LGBTIQ members of the community; and the development of a range of new initiatives in the 2018 budget particularly to support trans and intersex people.


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