Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 November 2022) . . Page.. 3589 ..
wellbeing of the territory, and together provide over 300,000 hours of work, valued at over $21 million each year.
The ACT is very fortunate to have such a strong culture of environmental volunteerism. Volunteer work is multifaceted and includes pulling weeds, caring for injured wildlife, collecting data, administrative support, planting trees and advocacy. Environmental volunteers contribute significant time, effort and expertise to the benefit of their local environment, their community and the ACT government. Their work greatly enhances the scientific, ecological and social wellbeing of the territory. The committee wishes to thank all those who volunteer, especially those who contributed to the inquiry.
On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who participated in or assisted with the inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.55): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion.
The committee’s inquiry into access to services and information in Auslan commenced in May of this year. On 25 October, an inclusive public hearing was held in which the proceedings were interpreted in Auslan as well as spoken English for full accessibility to all members of the public.
The committee had originally planned to table its report on this inquiry by December 2022. In order to give full consideration to the comprehensive evidence we have gained from the 33 submissions, the public hearing and our site visits to schools which cater to Deaf students, the committee has resolved to extend the reporting date to 28 February 2023.
Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (10.56): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing. On 1 July 2022 the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing resolved to conduct an inquiry into abortion and reproductive choice in the ACT.
The committee received 51 submissions and held a public inquiry on Friday, 28 October. We thank the witnesses for their valuable contributions to this important inquiry. The evidence received by the committee has identified barriers to abortion and reproductive health in the ACT, and several ways in which access to health care of this nature can be improved.