Page 3934 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 29 November 2022

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MR CAIN: Attorney, do you accept that cases like this are exactly why an independent external review is essential to keep public faith in the bail system?

MR RATTENBURY: Again, I am not sure which of the claims or propositions Mr Cain is referring to—whether he was referring to a review of the judiciary, the Bail Act, or sentencing. They are all quite different considerations. What I can assure this Assembly is that we are looking at the terms of the Bail Act to make sure that they meet the expectations of this Assembly and the community.

Neighbourhood Democracy project—update

MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please provide an update on the Neighbourhood Democracy project which was funded under this year’s budget?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. As the question indicates the Fostering Neighbourhood Democracy project was funded an allocation of $200,000 in the recent territory budget. This will enable a pilot project to be facilitated that is localised and responsive to community needs. A communications and engagement specialist has been engaged to deliver the initial phase of the project, and the government is keen to explore options for this project to complement existing ACT government engagement activities. I understand that following the work of this initial engagement there will be a draft implementation plan for the pilot project to commence in calendar year 2023.

MR BRADDOCK: Chief Minister, will you be able to estimate when the consultation for the Neighbourhood Democracy might happen?

MR BARR: I anticipate that would be in calendar year 2023, although we will have further information on that once this initial period of work is undertaken.

MS LAWDER: How many communication specialists has this government engaged or directly employed?

MR BARR: In relation to this project, which I presume is—

MS LAWDER: No, more generally.

MR BARR: I am not sure that is linked to—

MS LAWDER: The question is around democracy and most of the question was around the delivery that enabled democracy.

MR BARR: As I understand it, there is one communications and engagement specialist involved in this project—one organisation. In relation to the broader question, I refer Ms Lawder to annual reports.

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