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Thursday, 4 August 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2022—public exposure draft

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.02): I rise today to update the Assembly on the progress of reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. In recent years the ACT government has undertaken an ambitious reform agenda to improve the rights of renters in the ACT. In this term of government, we have committed under the parliamentary and governing agreement for the Tenth Assembly to remove without-cause terminations from our tenancy laws. This is an important change which will mean tenants are no longer able to be removed from their homes without a legitimate reason being provided as to why their tenancy is being terminated.

Whilst the ACT government has made clear its commitment to remove without-cause terminations from our tenancy laws, we have also committed to implementing this important change in consultation with the ACT community.

Last year the ACT government undertook public consultation on the proposed reforms by releasing a community consultation paper and community survey via the YourSay website. I am pleased to report that the community has been very engaged in this reform project, with the government receiving 256 survey responses and 49 written submissions on the proposed reforms. I released a listening report earlier this year which detailed the feedback we received. This report is available for viewing on the YourSay website.

Feedback received in response to that consultation has also informed the development of a draft bill, the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, and it is

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