Page 2102 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.59): I would like to thank Minister Cheyne for updating the Assembly on the government’s consultation on voluntary assisted dying laws and the listening report.

As the minister with responsibilities for disability, seniors, carers and mental health, it has been really good to see the government has held targeted consultations with these groups in the community and that the wide range of community experiences and perspectives are captured in the listening report and in the conversation snapshots.

It is particularly good to see reflected in the listening report the key issues that the disability community have talked to me about around the need for a person-centred approach and for really strong eligibility and decision-making capacity.

As the minister for carers it has also been great to see that the listening report captures the need for adequate support and communication for families and friends and for carers. So, I want to thank the disability, seniors, mental health and carers community and advocates for their engagement with the government on this work, and I would encourage everyone to continue to engage and to provide feedback as we develop these laws to legislate voluntary assisted dying.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.00): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill represents another key milestone in implementing a new planning system for Canberra. This delivers on the ACT government’s commitment in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly to review and improve Canberra’s planning system. In conducting the review of the planning system, we had a number of key aims to deliver the best possible outcomes for our environment, our city and its citizens and visitors. We wanted to simplify the planning system, facilitate residential development and housing supply, while making sure that Canberra remains sustainable, liveable and attractive; that it maintains the characteristics that make Canberra unique.

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