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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3885 ..

MS DUNDAS (continuing):

There is a key recommendation, recommendation 7, that "the government ensure that factual, comprehensive sex education is taught in all ACT Government schools", and I think this is a key part of empowering young women as they move on into adulthood.

When considering this report, I went back to the debates that we had almost a year ago to set up this committee, to see whether or not we had achieved the goals in terms of looking at the status of women that we set ourselves almost a year ago. I said then, and will say again:

A sound understanding of the differential impact of existing programs on women is essential in order to plan future policy. For too long the policy process, through its failure to analyse differential impacts, has compounded the disadvantages faced by women in many spheres of life. To compound disadvantage, policy-makers do not merely discriminate. Disadvantage can be perpetrated when policy-makers merely neglect the different roles and situations that women experience relative to men.

I believe this report, and the attention that has been focused on the status of women over the year as we have brought this report together, has brought to the attention of the government and policy-makers just how much needs to be done to improve the status of women in the ACT. (Extension of time granted.)

I hope that the government and the community can now work well together, as we in the committee have, to make the recommendations in this report a reality and to truly improve the status of women in the ACT.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 22 of 2002

MR STEFANIAK (11.06): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 22, dated 21 November 2002, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings, the confirmed minutes relating to report number 20 and the certified minutes relating to report number 21.

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.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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