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course, we will do it again here. We are just asking for an update by the first sitting day in 2023, because that strikes us in the Greens as a really good period of time to make sure that we can get all this done. That is a really good way to give Canberrans a bit of certainty about when we will get our bus service operating the way it should.

I am really excited to see that we are switching to electric buses. I am excited to see a lot of the climate action that we are taking in the ACT. A lot of that action is moving really well in the right direction. But I am quite keen to make sure that we get our buses fixed up. This is a really urgent issue for a lot of people. I am pleased to see that this motion will pass. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Steel) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.43): Mr Deputy Speaker, today is National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day. It is an opportunity for us to remember all people who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence. It is also an opportunity to reach out with love to others in your community who have been impacted. Perhaps you know someone who has lost a loved one, or someone who has survived experiences of intimate partner violence.

This city has seen horrific and fatal incidents of violence that we mourn today. Some have sparked long-awaited changes to the way that we as a territory think, act and respond to domestic violence, such as the deaths of Tara Costigan and nine-year-old Bradyn Dillon. But there are many more beloved members of the ACT community that we have lost—so many over the years that I cannot even begin to name them all.

Data collected just before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 showed that 41 per cent of all assaults recorded in the ACT were related to domestic and family violence. We know that people have been at greater risk of domestic violence in recent years and now, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

In the last couple of years, this city has seen an increase in domestic violence incidents being reported—be it emotional, physical, financial and, acknowledged in more recent years, technological abuse.

As someone who has personal lived experience of domestic violence, I know the importance of family safety. I add my voice to the growing chorus of voices around the nation and across this territory in support of the principle that all people have the right to feel safe in their personal relationships and in their homes. Not only do we each have the right to live free from violence or abuse; we have the right to live without fear of such violence and abuse, especially at home.

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