Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2671 ..
As I stated when I first introduced this legislative amendment, one of the key strengths of domestic and family violence death reviews is that, in making recommendations, they do not place blame on workers or agencies for domestic fatalities. Instead, death reviews, the risk and error are inevitable aspects of a coordinated delivery of complex services in complex circumstances, and perpetrators are ultimately held responsible for the deaths of the victims.
However, as I noted earlier, and as the national death review network 2018 report notes, death reviews have shown that domestic and family violence deaths can be considered as preventable deaths. They are preventable by learning from these deaths how to intervene earlier, how to provide the right supports for women and children, and how to keep eyes on the perpetrators and better hold them to account. This bill provides a mechanism that will be key to working this out.
I thank the scrutiny committee for its consideration of this bill.
I will finish with a quote from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network 2018 data report, which also echoes the earlier words from Grace Tame:
While it is an honour—
and I would say a duty—
to bring a greater voice to those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence, our sympathies extend to the families and friends left behind, forever changed by their loss.
Madam Speaker, I too send my own deepest sympathies as well. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (6.05), by leave: I move:
That, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and lockdown restrictions that came into effect in the Territory on 12 August 2021, I seek that this Legislative Assembly resolve: