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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2212 ..


workplace leadership and participation. This will make a vital contribution to developing respectful and equal cultures and practices in workplaces across the ACT.

We have also developed respectful relationships across our ACT schools to promote attitudes and behaviours which reject violence and value respect and equality. Addressing the social and cultural drivers of gender-based violence through education is critical to prevent sexual harassment.

Led by the experts in the sector, I have recently established the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to reinvigorate and redirect our response to sexual assault. The prevention working group and the workplace reference group under this program have already made excellent progress in developing advice to guide our future responses to workplace sexual harassment in the context of preventing harassment and promoting gender equality.

However, the ACT cannot address sexual harassment alone. Sexual harassment is everyone’s business and responsibility. We are therefore committed to working with our federal, state and territory partners to develop national solutions to workplace sexual harassment. We have submitted this response to national cabinet, and I look forward to working with all Australian governments and my colleagues in the women’s safety task force to develop collaborative and coordinated responses to sexual harassment in the ACT and across Australia.

The ACT is contributing to the development of the next national plan to reduce violence against women and their children to continue the progress made under the current plan to make Australia safer for all.

Sexual harassment is not inevitable. It is preventable. Every Canberran, and every Australian, can contribute to addressing and eliminating it. I am confident that in the ACT we can come together to build a society where all people feel safe and protected. I look forward to working alongside our community to drive meaningful change in workplaces and long-lasting change to cultures of behaviour. This response is an important step along this path. I thank all individuals who have been involved in the consultation, development and drafting of this significant response. I commend the response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning—Kenny environmental offsets site

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.04): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Planning and Development Act—Approval of Variation No 379 to the Territory Plan—Nature Reserve—Kenny Environmental Offsets Site.


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