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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 996 ..


that we have their backs, and that we are committed to making Canberra even more accessible and inclusive, and doing whatever we can.

Minister Vassarotti talked about the sometimes devastating individual impact of dementia. My mum lives with dementia. She has vascular dementia as well as Alzheimer’s. The last time I was able to visit her, earlier this year—she lives in Victoria—there were some days when she did not know whether I was her mother, her sister, her cousin or her daughter. Luckily, I know that she is my much-loved mother. Thank you, everyone, for your support.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2020-2021

Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

Justice and Community Safety Directorate—Part 1.7

Debate resumed.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (4.39): I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak in support of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate component of this year’s appropriation bills. They build on progress and key commitments which improve the delivery of justice in Canberra, enhance the Public Trustee and Guardian’s capacity to serve our community’s most vulnerable and help our community clubs to diversify away from poker machine revenue. So there are a few elements of what is contained in the Justice and Community Safety elements of this year’s budget.

As our city continues to grow, it is essential that we have a responsive, fair and accessible justice system. We also are very focused on community safety. I think that that is an important discussion to have and it is one that has been canvassed during this week in the Assembly. Certainly what you see in the way that the government has been working on community safety in recent years is a strong emphasis on preventative work and emphasis on justice investment, on a recognition that if we keep making those sorts of investments, we will ultimately make our entire community safer through a sustained investment in improving the lives of people, putting their lives back on track and breaking the cycle of criminal involvement.

Specifically, the budget includes measures to boost the operations of the ACT Courts and Tribunal; namely, $2.3 million over four years to strengthen legal and court support for vulnerable young people and families affected by domestic and family


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