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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 February 2022) . . Page.. 121 ..

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Government—complaint resolution—petition 32-21

By Ms Cheyne, Minister for Human Rights, dated 8 February 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Dr Paterson on 23 November 2021, concerning the enforcement of people’s rights under the ACT Human Rights Act.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 23 November 2021, regarding petition 32-21 lodged by Dr Marisa Paterson MLA. The petition requests that the Assembly enable a complaint about any breach of the Human Rights Act 2004 to be made to the ACT Human Rights Commission for confidential conciliation, and if conciliation is unsuccessful, enable a complaint about a breach of the Human Rights Act to be made to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) for resolution.

The ACT has a proud human rights record, being the first State or Territory in Australia to introduce a legislative charter of human rights and the first to include a stand-alone cause of action for a breach of human rights obligations by a public authority. Since the introduction of the Human Rights Act, the Government has continued to review and improve protections in the Act. This Government is committed to building and strengthening the culture of human rights across the ACT and welcomes the interest of the community in these issues.

The ACT Human Rights Commission can currently investigate and conciliate complaints about a wide range of matters, including discrimination, health

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