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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1364 ..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

actions that have been undertaken by ACT government agencies. The framework outlines our vision for every woman in the ACT to be free from violence and free from the fear of violence.

There are three core outcome areas on which the framework focuses. Firstly, protection and justice: women have a right to access a justice system that provides protection, support and advocacy. Secondly, options for women: recognising that assistance provided to women needs to be appropriate, accessible and responsive. Thirdly, prevention of violence: understanding, acceptance and acknowledgment of the right of all women to live their lives free from violence.

Mr Speaker, the government is committed to implementing the framework and maintaining dialogue with the community. This will be achieved through the ongoing monitoring and assessment of the success of the framework. I am committed to raising the status of women in the ACT and achieving our vision of every woman in the ACT being free from violence and the fear of violence. For this to occur successfully requires the involvement of the whole community.

As I said earlier, Mr Speaker, I believe that we are off to a good start with this framework. As the United Nations recently identified:

... the world is achieving greater awareness and understanding of gender-based violence and more effective measures are being developed to confront it, but much more remains to be done to create and sustain an environment where women can go about their lives free from this scourge.

Mr Speaker, I commend the document to the Assembly.

Estimates 2003-2004-Select Committee


MR SPEAKER: I have been notified in writing of the nomination of Mrs Cross, Mr Hargreaves, Ms MacDonald, Mr Smyth and Mrs Dunne to be members of the Select Committee on Estimates 2003-2004.

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That the members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on Estimates 2003-2004.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted for today, 3 April 2003, be given to Mr Corbell (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning).

Legislation (Statutory Interpretation) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 13 March 2003, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

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