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legislation not only can respond to but can influence community views. For example, law reform can legalise morally acceptable behaviour and ensure that all Canberrans understand that there are legal consequences to contravening the acceptable standards.
Additionally, the bill will provide victim-survivors not only with better protection but also with peace of mind, as they become aware of and utilise the legal protections available to them, through either the creation of consistent laws regarding bail applications or the availability of special interim protection orders under the Personal Violence Act 2016. This can contribute to victim-survivors feeling more supported and can assist in their healing process.
This bill does not signify the end of the ACT government’s implementation of the law reform recommendations in the report. It is part of an evolving reform process to ensure that the ACT community prioritises the safety and wellbeing of those in the community, facilitates healing for victim-survivors and strengthens our justice system to ensure the accountability of perpetrators of sexual violence.
The bill has been developed in close consultation with relevant stakeholders, and I wish to take this opportunity to also thank those stakeholders for their contributions to these important reforms. Without such reforms, we are destined to fail victim-survivors and vulnerable members of our community. That is why this bill is so important to both individuals and the ACT community as a whole. 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
Correction of record—statement by minister
MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (12.17): With members’ indulgence, I would like to correct the record. Earlier, when I was speaking on the Animal Management and Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, I used the word “suffer” in relation to people with disability who may be supported by assistance animals. This was inappropriate language. It was not my intention to use that word, but it found its way into the speech. I want to apologise to people with disability for any harm that may have caused in relation to them. The intention certainly was just to refer to people with or experiencing a disability.
Sitting suspended from 12.17 to 2.00 pm.
Questions without notice
MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister in his capacity as Treasurer. Chief Minister, a recent article in the Australian Financial Review about the ACT’s tax reform program stated:
Chief Minister Andrew Barr and his Greens colleagues in the ACT Labor-Greens government have botched the reform.