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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2020 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 30 July 2020) . . Page.. 1719 ..


One of the things it said was that the shops in Molonglo basically do not exist and the government needs to look at action to give the people of the new area of Molonglo adequate shopping facilities. This is the actual solution to the problem in Cooleman Court. Producing a so-called temporary car park will turn out to be a permanent blight on the landscape and only a temporary solution to the shopping problem in Molonglo.

I urge the government to look at what the people in Murrumbidgee want, particularly the people of Weston who live near Cooleman Court, and the people of Molonglo, who are getting pissed off, who are tired of waiting so long for not just decent shopping facilities but community facilities. The private provision of community facilities in Molonglo has not worked. I call on the government to look at what is happening there and build Molonglo better. I call on them to read the review that was commissioned, fix the problems of Molonglo and not inflict them on the other people of Murrumbidgee, the residents of Weston.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mental Health Amendment Bill 2020

Mr Rattenbury, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (11.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I rise today to present the Mental Health Amendment Bill 2020. The Mental Health Act 2015 came into effect on 1 March 2016 and is the result of considerable stakeholder and public consultation. It seeks to promote a renewed, recovery-oriented approach to mental health service delivery. It brings the ACT’s mental health legislation in line with human rights jurisprudence, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Human Rights Act.

The act gives people in the ACT living with a mental illness, as well as their carers and family members, greater opportunities to contribute to decisions about their treatment, care and support. The act also sets out the legal responsibilities of professionals, such as doctors, mental health workers, and ambulance and police officers, who engage with the act.

The act required two reviews, a review of section 85, the maximum period of further detention, and a review of the mental health orders provisions contained in the act. The first review concluded that the period of further voluntary detention was operating as intended. I tabled the report of this review in the Assembly on 30 July 2019. In addition, I tabled a review of the wider orders provisions on 13 February 2020. The report found that forensic mental health orders were not operating as


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