Page 240 - Week 01 - Thursday, 10 February 2022

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These are the things that need to be tackled, so it is certainly a much broader agenda than just legal reform.

MS CLAY: Attorney, what more can be done to support the experience of victims in the criminal justice system?

MR RATTENBURY: That is work that is covered extensively in the report from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group. The working group has addressed that particularly, and I think we have all heard feedback. The challenge for each of us in the Assembly is to think about how we make reform in this space, because too often we hear victims-survivors either talk about the fact that they did not have faith in the justice process—that they perhaps were not willing to report an alleged response because of their fear of the system or their lack of trust—or talk about and believe that the system is potentially retraumatising in cases. This sets forward for us the work that we need to do to continue to make improvements. Some of the reforms that I brought this morning in the Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill go to that.

Clearly, we have had spelled out to us—we have all heard these reports—that we need to think more. The victims of crime charter that we put through last term begins to create better support systems for victims, but I think this will be an ongoing area of work for this entire Assembly as well as the government specifically.

City Renewal Authority—grants

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the minister responsible for the City Renewal Authority. I believe that is the Chief Minister. In July last year, the City Renewal Authority opened applications for place making grants of up to $50,000 for projects to boost economic and community activity in Civic and Braddon, both of which are in your electorate. No place making grants are available for Gungahlin or other town centres. The only big announcement for Gungahlin since then has been your government’s ongoing failure to reopen our pool. Why, yet again, do Civic and Braddon benefit from government grants but Gungahlin misses out?

MR BARR: The City Renewal Authority conducts activities within its precinct. It also collects a longstanding levy on behalf of business property owners within the precinct. That levy contributes to programs like the place making grants. If Ms Castley is in favour of a levy on property owners in Gungahlin, so that they have a similar scheme, the government would be willing to entertain such a proposal.

MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, will your government consider such grants for Gungahlin, not just for the city?

MR BARR: I think I answered the supplementary question before, in my previous answer.

MR CAIN: Chief Minister, has Gungahlin been overlooked yet again because you decided that Yerrabi would be the only electorate not to have a minister?


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