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The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial response

The following response to petitions has been lodged:

Health—drug and alcohol treatment services—petition 25-20

Health—drug and alcohol treatment services—petition 3-21

By Ms Stephen-Smith, Minister for Health, dated 6 May 2021, in response to petitions lodged by Mrs Kikkert on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment services.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 10 February 2021 regarding the e-petitions 25-20 and 3-21, lodged by Mrs Elizabeth Kikkert MLA, regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug policy and programs in the ACT.

The Government continues to be committed to a harm minimisation approach to alcohol and other drug policy and to providing evidence-based alcohol and other drug treatment services and programs for the people of Canberra.

Following the receipt of the e-petitions, the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing was set to hold an inquiry into the issues raised in the e-petitions and other related matters. This Inquiry has now been discontinued, however, many of the issues included in the terms of reference for the discontinued Inquiry will be considered by the Select Committee on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021 (the Select Committee).

The Government is intending to provide a submission detailing an initial position on the broad range of issues being considered by the Select Committee. The Government welcomes this Inquiry and will respond to its recommendations in due course, noting that the Select Committee is due to report by the last sitting day in October 2021.

Motion to take note of petitions

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petitions and response so lodged be noted.

Planning—diversity—petition 6-21

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.03): I rise to speak on the petition I have presented from Jasiri Australia regarding statues of women in the territory. I have spoken previously in this

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