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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 742 ..


These government amendments complement the amendments to the bail regulation for service of bail continuation notices. The amendments replaced a requirement for immediate service with a requirement for service as soon as practicable. There are circumstances in which an accused is not able to be served immediately following the court continuing bail, including when the accused person is not present at court.

In addition, the amendments allow an accused person to nominate one of the methods of service prescribed by the updated regulation other than personal service on the person or any other person. The court must then use the method of service. If the accused person does not nominate a method of service, the court may use one of the methods of service in the regulation. A consequential amendment to the regulation is also made by these government amendments. I commend the amendments to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Mental health—veterans

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (4.41): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises that:

(a) mental health is a long-standing and prevailing concern for the Veteran community;

(b) overall, Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have a suicide rate nearly twice the rate of suicide after leaving the ADF;

(c) women who have left the ADF are 127 percent more likely to die by suicide than the average Australian woman;

(d) there is currently an absence of robust data on the factors contributing to Veteran suicide; and

(e) the public data currently available on Veteran suicide shows an urgent national crisis;

(2) recognises that the ACT is home to a significant population of current and ex-serving ADF members and they are valued members of our community;

(3) notes that:

(a) there is significant community-led advocacy and appetite for a Royal Commission into the rate of suicide among current and former serving ADF personnel, with over 397 000 signatures on a public petition (https://www.change.org/p/a-royal-commission-into-theveteran-suicide-rate-in-australia);


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