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The bill has some minor engagements with the right to presumption of innocence, the right to life and the right to protection of family and children under the Human Rights Act 2004. The Attorney-General has reviewed the provisions of the bill and considers these to be aligned with the objectives of the ACT Human Rights Act. These engagements are further detailed in the explanatory statement, as presented with the bill.

The bill before members, while containing relatively minor amendments, includes changes that are nonetheless necessary and are particularly important to ensuring that ACT laws continue to protect children and young people from exposure to tobacco and vaping products. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Leave of absence

Motion (by Ms Lawder) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Lee for today due to illness.

Seniors—Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.57), by leave: In my earlier ministerial statement about the work of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, I was talking about an event that was planned for 2 April, the Never Too Old event in Haig Park, which has been postponed to 4 June because of weather. It will start at 10 am. There will be a whole lot of live music events, large board games and all sorts of other fun things for people to participate in, but it will happen on 4 June, not on 2 April. Thank you.

Sitting suspended from 11.58 am to 2.00 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2.01): The Attorney-General will be absent from question time today. Minister Cheyne will assist with the Attorney-General’s consumer affairs and gaming portfolios, and I will endeavour to assist members on energy, water and emissions reduction.

Questions without notice


MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Education. Minister, I refer to a Canberra Times article titled, ‘It’s time to confront our shameful record on school violence.’ The article states:

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