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Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.01): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time—Community Services Directorate (HOU-21/46).

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Braddock) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Rattenbury for today for health reasons.


MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.03), by leave: I move the amended motion that has been circulated in my name:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) The ACT Government’s compliance model is based on a model of Engage, Educate, Enforce, with the following key principles:

(i) risk-based;

(ii) proportionate;

(iii) effective; and

(iv) accountable;

(b) nationally, abundant evidence demonstrates that fines have disproportionate and serious impacts on marginalised communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, young people, detainees, welfare recipients, the homeless and people with disabilities and/or mental health issues;

(c) ACT Government legislation contains penalties in the form of fines for a wide range of offences varying in severity from serious to minor offences. Non-payment of fines can result in:

(i) further financial penalties regardless of the offender’s ability to pay; and

(ii) interaction with the court system;

(d) the systemic impacts of applying these penalties, and any consequential court action for non-payment of fines, may be inconsistent with the ACT Government’s compliance model and its principles; and

(e) the ACT Government has taken steps to mitigate those harms, including enabling alternatives to paying fines, and payment plans. Despite this,

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