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contributions from Sue’s family. The first three leadership grant recipients were announced in December 2022. Julia Bocking is the recipient of a grant for online coaching and a community forum for people with disability who are doing a PhD. I am sure Sue would be so, so happy to see that work happening. Deb Shroot is working on free online financial literacy programs for neurodivergent young people. Lauren Reid is working on online resources for deaf children and their families. Lauren is also teaching me how to do an acknowledgement of country in Auslan so that I can do it in Ngunnawal and Auslan. I promise, Lauren, I am doing my homework and practising.

It is wonderful to see all of the work across the whole of the ACT government that is contributing to making this a better place for women and girls. I thank Minister Berry for her continued commitment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 11—government response

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.38): I am pleased to advise the Assembly about the government’s response to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety’s report on the inquiry into the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (No 2), which I am tabling today.

The government introduced the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (No 2) into the Assembly on 24 November 2022. The bill amends nine pieces of justice-related legislation and includes an important amendment to the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act relating to the evidence given by a witness in the courtroom during certain proceedings alleging sexual offending, violent offending or family violence offending.

On 28 November 2022 the standing committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into the bill but limited its inquiry to the amendments to the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act. The government welcomed this inquiry, as it provided an opportunity for public discussion about the amendments designed to protect victim-survivors from re-traumatisation in the territory’s criminal justice system. The standing committee invited submissions on the amendments to the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and published its report on 22 December 2022. The government thanks the standing committee for its report and has considered its three recommendations.

The government notes and welcomes the recommendation for the Assembly to pass the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (No 2). This recommendation is recognition by the standing committee of the ongoing need to reduce unnecessary re-traumatisation of victims. The government has agreed to the two other recommendations of the standing committee’s report, which are:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government include the pre-condition of consent in the proposed new subsections 69(2A) and (2B) and examine an ‘opt out’ approach.

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