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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 July 2019) . . Page.. 2502 ..


we learn more about the controlling behaviour behind domestic and family violence and how we can better support perpetrators to change their behaviour and particularly support women and children who are experiencing domestic and family violence in their homes.

With regard to the changes that will be made to the funding that the family safety levy particularly provided to Legal Aid, my expectation is that in future years funding for Legal Aid to provide different functions will continue. With regard to funding for translation services—

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Ms Berry. Point of order.

Mr Coe: On relevance, the minister is not directly answering the question regarding the actual cuts. We would appreciate her being directly relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think there is a point of order. She started the response by saying that it was around an innovative program and ongoing change within that response. Minister, you have 15 seconds.

MS BERRY: I did refer members to my responses at estimates as well. But also, with regard to the translation services, the translation services were less than was originally predicted.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you intervene to reverse these budget cuts to essential services and cuts to jobs?

MS BERRY: The Attorney-General and I will work closely together on the implementation of the family safety levy. In particular, we will work with Legal Aid with respect to their future needs.

MR PARTON: Minister, will you guarantee not to allow further cuts to be made to front-line domestic violence services?

MS BERRY: First of all, I think I have made very clear what the family safety levy is designed for. I have made it clear a number of times in this place and during the estimates hearings. It is a contribution that has been made by the community to deal with this very complex and very terrible issue that our community is not alone in trying to address.

We are certainly coming up with the innovation and the different kinds of ways through the family safety levy and the family safety hub, led by the coordinator-general, to address this issue, and I will continue to work with those services to ensure that their needs are met so that they can meet the needs of our community.

Housing—rental reform

MR GUPTA: My question is to the Attorney-General. How will the government’s changes to the Residential Tenancies Act make renting fairer and more secure?


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