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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2170 ..


The work of the steering committee is incredibly important. In the context of a difficult year that has heard many crucial conversations across the world, this work will be key to ensuring that the accessibility of services for victim-survivors is and continues to be a priority across government. Both organisations that were subject to the Assembly resolution, FAMSAC and the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, are stakeholders in this work and are represented on the steering committee.

As part of the sexual assault prevention and response program, a response working group has been established to focus on service provision and police response, informed by victim-survivor experience. The ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services are committed to working with the sexual assault prevention and response program on how the health system can better support victim-survivors of sexual assault.

I present the following paper:

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre—Update on resolution of the Assembly of 31 March 2021—Ministerial statement, 3 August 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.36): I thank the minister for her statement to the Assembly regarding the resolution which now has presumably been essentially completed.

I note the addition of phone numbers to call on the website of ACT Health, which is associated with the minister’s mentioned changes to the website. That is one of the specifics that was called for during the debate. I thank her for that improvement.

I look forward to seeing the work of the steering committee on sexual assault. I will be putting a lens over that work when it is completed, to analyse whether, from our perspective, the case of someone who experiences rape in the ACT, and their ability to be forensically tested if that is their choice, is as smooth as it possibly can be. We look forward to that continued work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Molonglo Valley Community Council

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (11.37): Following a motion in the Assembly by Dr Paterson, I am pleased to be able to announce that the ACT government will provide annual funding to support the establishment of a new community council for the Molonglo Valley. The valley is a rapidly growing part of the city. By the end of this year, it will be home to around 10,000 Canberrans; once


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