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protected person or applicant being charged with aiding and abetting a breach to control the victim and stop subsequent reports of violence. This amendment highlights that responsibility for complying with a family violence order rests with the respondent, rather than the victim-survivor.

Sexual, family and personal violence are among the most significant challenges to our justice system and the wellbeing of our community. The supports and responses that we provide to victim-survivors in our justice system must keep evolving, be trauma-informed and be robust and sensitive enough to address the severe impacts of this behaviour. As mentioned, victim-survivors too often feel that their needs are not met by the current system. It is intended that this bill will improve the justice system so that the ACT can respond to the needs of victim-survivors in meaningful ways.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank the stakeholders consulted for their contributions to the development of this bill. These reforms indicate how seriously the government views violent behaviour and our commitment to listening to and protecting vulnerable members of the community.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Cain) adjourned to the next sitting.

Government Procurement Amendment Bill 2023

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (10.44): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to rise today to introduce the Government Procurement Amendment Bill 2023, which delivers the next stage of reform under our government’s Procurement Reform Program.

Each year, the ACT government spends close to $1.5 billion on procurements that support the delivery of quality public services, infrastructure, economic growth and community wellbeing. To support this, the government’s procurement framework must always be robust, well-defined and fit for purpose. It must also provide the right guidance to all those who undertake procurements across the ACT government. Today’s bill will further strengthen the procurement ecosystem in the ACT by implementing significant reforms to the Government Procurement Act 2001, the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 and associated legislative instruments.

These reforms ensure that the legislative framework remains contemporary, is relevant to modern procurement practices, supports the efficient and effective financial


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