Page 2825 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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scrutiny of the outcomes-based actions each agency adopts and implements. In addition, the bill requires the Multicultural Advisory Council to prepare and publish an annual report.

This bill complements existing reporting mechanisms in the Human Rights Act 2004 and the Discrimination Act 1991 which address racism and discrimination. This bill is a vital part of the ACT government’s broader work to ensure Canberra remains the most welcoming and inclusive city in Australia, and it also fulfills a commitment made under the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement of the 10th ACT Legislative Assembly.

The success of this legislation will be measured by the way we as a community recognise, value and embrace the growing diversity of cultures and languages to make Canberra a place where everyone is included and belongs.

I take this opportunity to thank our community and our sector partners for their participation in the consultation process and for their invaluable advice in shaping this bill. The themes and other feedback from the iterative consultation processes are captured in a Listening Report available on the YourSay Website, which I encourage all members to read. I also acknowledge our very hardworking team members from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, who have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition since it was first proposed by the Multicultural Advisory Council some years ago.

I am very proud to introduce this legislation and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Cain) adjourned to the next sitting.

Animal Management and Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (11.46): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Animal Management and Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 to the Assembly today. The bill seeks to make a range of minor and technical updates to bring our animal management and welfare legislation up to date with current practice and to make necessary improvements for a more user-friendly approach to dog and cat management.

These amendments build on recent developments around responsible cat ownership, which is increasingly recognised as equally important as responsible dog ownership for upholding the ACT’s strong animal welfare and environmental objectives. The amendments recognise where there are efficiencies to be made that reduce the administrative burden for those who are doing the right thing. Lastly, they make

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