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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2940 ..

Heidi Yates; Victim Support ACT; the ACT Courts; the Law Society; the ANU; and some independent researchers as well.

I also thank Dr Brianna Chesser of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology for her support and her expertise in this area. Dr Chesser has been a long-term advocate for stealthing to be specifically outlawed by legislation in Australia and, without her, the national conversation around stealthing might not have happened at all.

I also acknowledge and extend my thanks to all members for their support of my bill, in particular the Attorney-General and the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Women, for their tripartisan approach to this important law reform. I am really glad to have the support of Labor and the Greens in passing this bill. It is really important, because today is an important day. Today the ACT, the home of the nation’s capital, will become the first Australian jurisdiction to specifically outlaw stealthing and I think that makes a very proud moment for all of us.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Operational Efficiencies (COVID-19) Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed.

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) (5.41): Last year the government introduced two key pieces of emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These acts, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2020, introduced an array of measures that would assist the ACT government and the community to safely continue to undertake a range of important activities and functions during the pandemic. The measures introduced were temporary, with expiry generally set to align with the then COVID-19 emergency end time.

This year the government reflected on the uses of the COVID-19 measures currently in place and determined that some of these measures would be worth continuing beyond the pandemic, particularly as they improve systems and processes currently in place. Through consultation, a number of measures have been identified as suitable for permanent adoption through this bill. The measures identified for permanent adoption have been shown to promote operational efficiencies within and to be of benefit to the operations of government businesses and access to services by the community.

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