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with the newly agreed five-year MOU by the racing clubs and make sure that it is rolled out, yet you are about to vote against that item of spending in the budget.

I would ask the Greens to think very carefully about whether they are about to go on the record as endorsing the MOU that they are about to vote against in the budget debate. That is all I have to say, Madam Speaker.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 13

Noes 6

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Cain

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Ms Castley

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Cocks

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mr Hanson

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Debate resumed from 10 February 2022, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (5.36), in reply: I am following on from Mr Cain’s earlier remarks and closing the debate. The Family Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 contributes to the ACT government’s commitment to build safer communities in Canberra. The bill makes significant reforms to ACT legislation and continues the ACT government’s ongoing work to strengthen our response to domestic and family violence.

Domestic and family violence is an inherently gendered crime. Around four in five domestic and family violence offenders are male. It is estimated that one woman is killed by her current or former intimate partner per week in Australia. Violence against women and children has long-lasting impacts on all aspects of life. Forty-eight per cent of women who have experienced violence have reported that it has reduced their attendance at work. It is also a leading cause of homelessness for women
and children.

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