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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 4168 ..


MR RAMSAY: As to the suggestion implicit in the question that there is some sort of secrecy going on or whatever, I remind members of the Assembly that when I tabled the response to the Stevens report into helping clubs through diversification I said that there will be union representation on the governing board of the diversification fund and workers will be able to apply for support and training to improve their skills. So the matters happening at the moment have been very clearly tabled. There is no board at the moment—

Mr Wall interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall! Allow the minister to answer the question.

MR RAMSAY: There is no board at the moment, but we have made clear that there will be union representation on the board, as is appropriate for the nature of the board that we will have.

MR WALL: Minister, are United Voice receiving any funding to undertake this activity either from the diversification fund—potentially from the diversification fund once it is established—or from government directly?

MR RAMSAY: No.

MR PARTON: Minister, is it compulsory for clubs to provide access to United Voice to undertake these activities?

MR RAMSAY: I understand that United Voice is in contact with the clubs, and that is a matter between United Voice and the clubs themselves.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse—recommendations

MS ORR: My question is to the Attorney-General. Can the Attorney-General provide an update on implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Orr for this important question. This week specifically it is particularly important for us as a community to demonstrate that we acknowledge our collective failures to protect children and that we take responsibility by taking action. The national apology that was delivered earlier this week was an important step in the process of taking responsibility but there is certainly much more to do.

This government is hard at work implementing a number of changes to meet these recommendations. Already, we have supported the establishment of the national redress scheme to provide counselling and support to survivors of sexual abuse. We have also reformed our criminal laws to ensure that historic sex abuse cases can be prosecuted effectively and that witnesses and survivors are supported appropriately throughout that process.


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