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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1756 ..


been working to see if it is possible to create a community garden that is readily accessible by public transport.

I also thank the residents at Gurrang Avenue, Ngunnawal. When one resident contacted me with concern about the speed on a suburban street, my office staff and I went out doorknocking along Gurrang Avenue, where we found the residents to be welcoming and eager to talk about the issue. A near total majority agreed that the speed limit should be reduced. I plan to take this issue up with the Minister for Transport and City Services and look forward to providing an update on this issue down the track.

I thank the Gungahlin Mosque and the Canberra Muslim community for their warm hospitality and the deep and respectful theological debates I enjoyed immensely. Through deep understanding of the different groups and faith that make up our community, it is my hope that we can build the bonds and connections that bring humankind together and make a community. I look forward to more debates going forward.

Finally, I draw attention to the Canberra Hindu Mandir temple ground-breaking ceremony this Saturday, 5 June in Moncrieff. A ground-breaking ceremony for a new Hindu is a once-in-a-generation event. This is the culmination of much community effort and fundraising. I, for one, look forward to watching the temple being built, as the designs are truly breathtaking. The community is to be congratulated.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.14): I rise to talk about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is commemorated each year on 15 June. There have been a number of events focusing on this issue, including a panel discussion in a Legal Aid Law Week event last month, and there will be a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day expo on 21 June at Weston Creek Community Centre. During the expo, a panel of experts, including ACT Policing, the ACT Human Rights Commission, ADACAS, Relationships Australia, Legal Aid and the Public Trustee and Guardian, will come together to discuss the range of issues and suite of remedies available in the ACT. This is most welcome because in 2020 no World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events were organised due to the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements at the time.

I also take this moment to point out that even though the United Nations uses the term “elder abuse”, in the ACT we are moving away from that language and instead using the term “abuse against older people or an older person” so as not to confuse the interpretation of the word elder with its application in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Abuse against older people can take many forms, including, of course, the more obvious forms of physical violence, but it also includes sexual abuse, emotional abuse, social abuse, coercion and control, and financial abuse, which is the most common. Financial abuse is defined as using someone else’s money, property or other assets


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