Page 881 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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been changed. Yes, the letter has been tabled; that is great, and I appreciate that, thank you. but I feel that the provision of an update to the Assembly by the final sitting day of 2023 is quite a disrespectful response. By the time that happens, it will have been 16 months since accreditation has been suspended. Why should it take so long? I feel it is also an indication of the low priority from the minister on the Canberra Hospital maternal and fetal medicine unit. We will not be agreeing to the amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

 Ayes 15

 Noes 8

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Cocks

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Policing—sexual assault reporting

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.39): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) in January 2023, the NSW Police introduced a new online sexual assault reporting option for victim survivors of sexual assault;

(b) the database allows victim survivors to report their experiences to police, either anonymously or they can elect to be identified and request that the matter is investigated further;

(c) the streamlined and accessible online database allows victim survivors to lodge reports in a safe place and does not require them to undertake a formal police interview to pass on the relevant information; and

(d) since its introduction, NSW Police have seen a dramatic increase in the reporting of sexual assaults, with many of these being historical accounts that victim survivors have felt forced to keep private;

(2) further notes that:

(a) in the ACT, sexual assault can be reported in person by visiting a police station or over the phone;

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