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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3875 ..

Thursday, 21 November 2002

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Status of Women-Select Committee


MS GALLAGHER (10.32): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Status of Women in the ACT-Select Committee-Report-The Status of Women in the ACT, dated 15 November 2002, together with the minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.


That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


That the report be noted.

It is with great pleasure that I rise today to speak to the report of the Select Committee on the Status of Women in the ACT. The committee was formed on 11 December last year as a result of the Labor Party's election promise to establish a committee to investigate and report on issues and programs relating to women in the ACT with the intention that this report assist government in delivering policy and services to women in the second and third year of this term.

On 11 December, I joined with Ms Dundas and Mrs Cross to form this committee. The terms of reference to guide the committee's work were broad and covered such things as equality of opportunity, economic independence and security, access to and support of healthy lifestyles, barriers to participation, violence prevention and personal and community safety for women, and targeted support for women from specific groups within the community.

The committee has tried to ensure that all views put to the committee have received recognition in the report. To commence the inquiry, the committee called for submissions from the community, and we received 30 of them. The committee held two public hearings and received evidence from 17 organisations and individuals. The

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