Page 1907 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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sure that we have a good robust system here in the ACT that is genuinely delivering a good response. It is an issue that is above politics. I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Canberra Liberals and ACT Labor to make sure that we have a strong and robust system that ensures our supply chains here in the ACT are not taking part in modern slavery and that we are genuinely making sure we do not have people living in conditions of modern slavery in our borders. We heard a lot of evidence during the inquiry that that is happening and we heard a lot of statements from the New South Wales Anti-slavery Commissioner, who receives whistleblower calls on a regular basis from every state and territory.

I would like to thank the committee and the secretariat for their work, and I would like to thank everybody who has taken part in this project so far.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Seniors—retirement villages—petitions 38-22 and 08-23

By Mr Rattenbury, Minister for Consumer Affairs, dated 8 June 2023, in response to petitions lodged by Mr Pettersson on 21 March 2023, concerning the establishment of an ACT Ombudsman for retirement villages.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 21 March 2023 about E-petitions E-PET-038-22 and E-PET-038-23 (Establishment of an ACT Ombudsman for Retirement Villages). I am providing this response on behalf of the ACT Government, as Minister for Consumer Affairs.

The ACT Government recognises that the timely and accessible resolution of disputes is important for residents of retirement villages, and that for many residents, more formal court and tribunal processes can be complex, costly and stressful.

For this reason, the ACT Government amended the Retirement Villages Act 2012 in 2017 to enhance dispute resolution options for residents. This included the establishment of internal disputes committees, intended to assist in the timely and local resolution of disputes. In further recognition of this issue, in July 2019, the ACT Government also expanded the functions of the ACT Human Rights Commission, to include the ability to consider retirement village disputes.

On 22 March 2023, the Legislative Assembly passed a Resolution that requires the Government to investigate the establishment of an ACT retirement villages ombudsman that is non-adversarial and accessible, with the power to make binding decisions to resolve disputes between a resident of a retirement village

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