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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2167 ..


Presiding Officers to implement risk mitigation measures within Parliament House. These measures include reduced occupancy limits across the building, restricting public access, requesting parliamentarians to reduce the number of staff present in their offices, and increased cleaning and sanitising of communal areas.

With several states still recording new cases of COVID-19 and Greater Sydney still in lockdown, ACT Health will continue to work closely with commonwealth parliamentary and medical officials to address the risk that parliamentarians and staff may seed cases into the ACT.

On 10 July the Chief Health Officer provided her latest report to me on the status of the public health emergency due to COVID-19 in the ACT. This report outlined the COVID-19 situation here in the ACT and across Australia, including operational activity that has been undertaken in the ACT by the ACT’s health and compliance authorities. The Chief Health Officer recommended that the public health emergency remain in place at this time due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 to the Canberra community.

The current situation in Australia is a serious challenge for all of us. It is vital that we continue to work together as a community to minimise the risk of transmission within the ACT and all do our part to support the ongoing public health response.

I present the following papers:

Status of the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19—Chief Health Officer Report 16—10 July 2021, dated 3 August 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—ACT Government response—Ministerial statement, 3 August 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Crime—forensic sexual assault services

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.29): On 31 March 2021, the Assembly supported a motion about improvements to services for people who have experienced sexual assault. That motion was brought forward by Mrs Jones, and I want to acknowledge again the shared commitment that was evident across the chamber to improving the services and outcomes in this space. The resolution, as passed, called on the ACT government to investigate the accessibility and availability of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and Canberra’s Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care, FAMSAC, service. The government committed to report back to the Assembly on the progress of matters regarding the Assembly resolution of 31 March by the first sitting day in August 2021.


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