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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3454 ..


Government bodies or services, the only recourse available is to take a legal action to the Supreme Court. There are significant cost barriers associated with this type of legal action, and no ability to seek compensation for the harm done.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

- enable a complaint about any breach of the Human Rights Act to be made to the Human Rights Commission for confidential conciliation, and

- if conciliation is unsuccessful, enable a complaint about a breach of the Human Rights Act to be made to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal for resolution.

This would transform the Human Rights Act from being a largely theoretical document, to one which members of our community can use to ensure their human rights are protected.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Planning—Griffith—petition 28-21

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Minister for Planning and Land Management, dated

18 November 2021, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Lee on 3 August 2021 concerning the Manor House development in Griffith.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 2 June 2021 providing petition No. 28-21.

I note that the petition has also been referred to the Standing Committee for Planning, Transport and City Services (the Committee). While I will await the consideration of the Standing Committee, I wish to draw the Assembly’s attention to statements in the petition.

Firstly, Draft Variation 375 is a proposed change to the Griffith Precinct Code for Griffith block 6, section 31. If approved, the changes to the Territory Plan would only apply to this block. The Draft Variation does not make any changes more generally to the RZ1 zone.

Secondly, with respect to the suggestion that this is a ‘random rezoning’, DV375 is not rezoning the site at Griffith block 6, section 31. The block will remain


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