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In conclusion, I am pleased to join the minister in acknowledging the hard work of those who have contributed to establishing this service and to acknowledge the commitment of everyone across our territory who cares for people with mental health concerns.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Steel presented the following papers:

ACT Public Sector workers compensation data incident—Copies of letters to—

The Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner from the Executive Group Manager, Procurement ACT, dated 30 November 2021.

The Executive Group Manager, Procurement ACT from Mr David Stevens, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, dated 24 December 2021.

Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.51): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill to the Assembly today. The bill makes a number of important changes to ACT legislation and continues the ACT government’s work to strengthen our response to domestic and family violence. Some of the amendments in this bill implement recommendations of the Family Violence Act review which provided valuable insights, including from those with lived experience of family violence.

Domestic and family violence often happens behind closed doors. That is why it is so important to do our utmost to listen to victim-survivors, and act on their experience. Domestic and family violence claims the lives of more than 100 people in Australia every year and causes enduring damage to individuals and to society as a whole.

The vast majority of domestic and family violence victims are women. One in six women and one in 17 men have experienced physical violence by a partner. One in four women and one in six men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner. These statistics rightly spur the broad and continued action of the ACT government to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence.

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