Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 June 2022) . . Page.. 1526 ..
At a private meeting on 11 May this year, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Amendment Bill 2022. The committee notes that the bill is to extend the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Act 2006 for a further five years, to 19 November 2027, as it is due to expire on 19 November 2022, with a further statutory review to be submitted to the Legislative Assembly a year before the expiry of the next extension.
Given that the act has been in place since 2006 and has been extended several times, the committee sees value in a public discussion about its impact on the community before a further extension. The committee called for submissions on 12 May 2022, with a closing date of 26 May 2022, and will hold a hearing on this issue on 6 June 2022. The committee will then report to the Assembly by no later than 5 July this year.
Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (4.33): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion.
The committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into racial vilification in the ACT. Through this inquiry, the committee is considering experiences of racism in the ACT, as well as the suitability and effectiveness of existing mechanisms for reporting and redress.
The committee considers it critically important that its own views and recommendations are informed by evidence from a broad cross-section of the ACT’s diverse community, with a particular focus on the lived experience of community members. The committee has therefore resolved to extend its closing date for submissions until Friday, 10 June 2022. To assist stakeholders to engage with the committee, submissions are welcomed in any language.
The committee also appreciates that members of the community may not always be comfortable with formal submission processes. Accordingly, the committee encourages stakeholders to share views and experiences in other forums, such as at a public hearing or a private briefing. In addition, the committee is making efforts to reach out directly to organisations and to members of the community and to explore less formal settings in which to take evidence for the inquiry.
The committee thanks the community for its assistance with this inquiry so far and looks forward to hearing suggestions on how the ACT can be a more inclusive place.
Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.34): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing for the Tenth Assembly relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.