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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4612 ..


Canberra as a smart city into the future. The improvements are also a key strategic action for the ACT government as they will contribute towards reducing energy consumption and support our move towards zero net emissions in the territory by 2045.

I present the following paper.

Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016—Recommendation 2—Streetlight contract—Government response—Ministerial statement, 1 November 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 is a co-sponsored bill. I will be calling Mr Barr, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, first and then be calling Mr Rattenbury, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety.

Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill.

Mr Barr presented an explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (10.22): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am very pleased this morning to present the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018, which I am delighted has been co-sponsored by the Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety. This bill will improve the protection from discrimination provided by our Discrimination Act for both students and staff in non-government religious schools.

Madam Speaker, in the wake of the leaked recommendations of the Ruddock review into religious freedom, genuine concerns have been raised about exceptions in anti-discrimination laws at commonwealth, state and territory level that might allow students to be expelled or teachers to be fired because they are gay or because of their gender identity or other attributes protected by the Discrimination Act.


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