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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2421 ..


Mrs Dunne: No, you do not.

MS BERRY: I do not?

Mrs Dunne: The question is that we take note of the paper.

MS BERRY: We will get there. Before Mrs Dunne finishes, we will have learned a lot. The government response regarding the school visits inquiry and report has been tabled. The government response is quite long, and I hope that it provides the clarity that members have sought around the government’s school visits protocol. I will be revising the protocol and putting it on the Education Directorate website shortly. I hope that we can now move on from this process and deal with more important matters that are affecting people in the ACT.

I do not think that any of the response that was provided by the ACT government should be a surprise to anyone in this chamber. I hope that members are mature enough to move on, and to respect the reasonable and unexceptional protocol for government school visits contained in the government’s response to that inquiry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

End of Life Choices in the ACT—Select Committee

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.11): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

End of Life Choices in the ACT—Select Committee—Report—Government response.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Disability, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Health, Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.11): I thank members for the opportunity to speak briefly to the ACT government response to the report of the Select Committee on End of Life Choices in the ACT.

In November 2017, the ACT Legislative Assembly established the select committee to inquire into and report on a range of issues which arise in considering end of life choices, including: current practices in the ACT that assist people to manage the end of their lives in accordance with their preferences, including the provision of palliative care; and ACT community views on voluntary assisted dying being legislated in the ACT, the management of risks associated with voluntary assisted dying, and voluntary assisted dying schemes in other jurisdictions.


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