Page 2610 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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historical punitive treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by government and institutions. We will also be working closely with persons with disability within our community to ensure that their experiences and expertise informs this work as it progresses. The Coordinator-General for Family Safety and I will consider the feedback received during the public consultation as we take the final steps towards designing an information-sharing model. The feedback received will inform the final bill and its supporting documents.

In closing, I look forward to the community’s feedback on the information-sharing model we are developing. I encourage both community organisations and community members to provide feedback on the draft bill. I particularly encourage people with lived experience of domestic and family violence to participate in the YourSay consultation. Their experiences and expertise will directly inform how this model is delivered. In releasing the draft bill to the public, I acknowledge that we have work to do to support the community to continue to feel safe and supported to engage with domestic and family violence support services. It is my hope that the domestic and family violence information-sharing scheme will make the ACT a safer place for all of us.

I present the following paper:

Domestic Violence Agencies (Information Sharing) Amendment Bill 2022—Ministerial statement, 21 September 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment—threatened species

Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (10.30): I am pleased to deliver to the Assembly today a ministerial statement commemorating Threatened Species Day, which was held on 7 September 2022. It is observed across Australia to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. Threatened Species Day is when we highlight the native plants, animals and ecological communities that are under threat, and consider how we can protect them. The day also celebrates our committed rangers, ecologists, researchers, volunteers, conservationists and community experts and the amazing work they are doing to save our threatened species.

An increase in the threat of extinction for many native species was highlighted in the Australia state of the environment 2021 report. There is much to be done to reduce the threats and arrest the decline of our threatened species. The ACT is home to many fascinating and extraordinary listed threatened species. In the ACT there are currently over 50 native species and three ecological communities listed as threatened. This means that they have a high probability of extinction in the near future if measures are not taken to stop their decline and support their recovery.

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