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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3313 ..


recommendation 17 is that the Attorney-General, at the next meeting of state and territory attorneys-general, raise with his counterparts the establishment of a national database for children at risk.

These 17 recommendations from the coroner are all significant, and I call on the minister to come back by the end of this sitting day and let the Assembly and the public know which one of these 17 significant recommendations she has noted, rather than implementing, and the reason why.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.55): Madam Speaker, I do not need to wait until the end of the sitting day. The government response to the coroner’s report was circulated with my statement at 8 am today, by you, and Mrs Kikkert could have read that. If she had done so, she would know that recommendation 14 is noted. That recommendation is to expand the usage of the Connect 4 Safety federal initiative to incorporate a health service provider component. That is noted because that work is already underway.

The ACT government has been, with the New South Wales government, leading the development of the Connect 4 Safety initiative; therefore, that recommendation is noted because that work is already well underway. Also, it is part of a national initiative.

In relation to those recommendations that were agreed in principle, that is for the usual reasons. They are national work, where the ACT government is participating but cannot direct that work. They are where we agree to the outcome and the intent, but more work is required to understand exactly how we would deliver that; or they require additional funding, and that funding has not yet been delivered through the 2021-22 budget and needs to be considered through further budget processes.

This is all very standard, Madam Speaker. As I indicated, the government’s response was circulated with the ministerial statement at 8 am.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment—electric vehicles

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong-Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.57): I am pleased to present today a statement on the progress of zero emissions vehicle policies in the ACT.

The ACT government is committed to achieving the ambitious target of net zero emissions in the ACT by 2045 at the latest. Although we are a relatively small jurisdiction in Australia, we aim to be leaders in innovation and demonstrate to other jurisdictions and the world what is possible in the transition to a zero emissions future.


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