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Signatories to the petition called for the Assembly to commission an inquiry into disadvantage and discrimination faced by deaf people in the ACT due to lack of access to services and information in Auslan. At its meeting on 26 April 2022 the committee resolved to inquire into this matter.

The inquiry will focus on challenges faced by the ACT’s deaf community due to lack of services and information in Auslan; options to improve access to services and information in Auslan; and mechanisms to monitor and report on progress. Recognising the value of lived experience, the committee will take steps to ensure that the inquiry is as accessible as possible. These will include providing for Auslan interpreters at committee hearings and encouraging submissions in a variety of formats.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are available on the committee’s website. Submissions for the inquiry opened on Tuesday, 31 May 2022 and will close on 15 July 2022. Hearing dates will be advised in due course. The committee will report to the Assembly before the last sitting day of 2022.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.45), by leave: As a member of the Legislative Assembly, I commend this inquiry to the Assembly and to the ECI committee. As someone with a longstanding interest in matters that affect the deaf community, I would like to hope that this is a great opportunity for us to examine any of the barriers that members of our deaf community in the ACT face. I say this as a member of the Assembly, not as a member of the committee: I will look forward to hearing the evidence that is presented. I do know, from my previous work, that there are many barriers. I look forward to exploring those and seeing whether the committee is able to come up with suggestions. It is a work in progress and I am really looking forward to what may come of it.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong-Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (11.49): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Statute Law Amendment Bill 2022 makes statute law revision amendments to ACT legislation under guidelines for the technical amendments program approved by the government. The program provides for amendments that are minor or technical and not controversial. They are generally insufficiently important to justify the presentation of separate legislation in each case and are generally inappropriate to make as editorial amendments in the process of republishing legislation under the Legislation Act 2001.

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