Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2022) . . Page.. 3446 ..
thank all individuals and organisations who championed and signed the petition and made submissions to and provided evidence to the inquiry to inform consideration of the No Rights Without Remedy proposals. This ongoing engagement with our human rights legislation is a positive and welcome sign of the mature human rights culture in the ACT.
The government’s response and our commitment today both complements our existing systems and strengthens our human rights legislation. I am proud that this announcement today confirms the government’s commitment to creating a new pathway for human rights complaints to be made to the Human Rights Commission, and that, once that pathway has been in process for a period of time, we will be better placed to understand the complexities and resourcing implications of the ACAT element and pursue that as appropriate.
These are important reforms, and I am looking forward to getting to work on them, in partnership with our community advocates. I commend the government response to the Assembly.
DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.19): I want to speak very briefly to the minister’s motion and say that I am very, very glad to hear that the government is moving to create a more robust human rights jurisdiction in the ACT. As the minister said, I sponsored the original petition that came to the Assembly, and I would like to thank everyone who signed that petition and participated in that campaign. There was a lot of groundwork done, and I highly commend the petitioners on that work.
I was also a member of the JACS committee that conducted an inquiry, and I again thank all the people who gave evidence and submissions to that inquiry, because today we have a really great result in seeing a strengthening of our human rights jurisdiction here in the ACT. I look forward to hearing the next steps in the government’s consultation and seeing the legislation introduced into the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Canberra Health Services—Department of Paediatrics Organisational and Service Plan 2021-2023
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (3.21): I present the following paper:
Resolve Health Advisory—Department of Paediatrics Organisational and Service Plan 2021-2023—Version 2.2—Final for release.
I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: An external review of Canberra Health Services paediatric services was finalised in 2021. Resolve Health Advisory conducted this review across