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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 6 March 2008) . . Page.. 651 ..

We know that domestic violence and sexual assault are not things that people talk about. If they suffer that in their families, they usually suffer it in silence. Culturally and linguistically diverse background is another factor. I refer to factors such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, women with gambling problems and women who have been institutionalised. By this I mean women who have been in jail, women who have been in drug services—people who have been dislocated from their communities.

I will conclude by saying that, although ACT women are generally better educated, have higher incomes and higher housing standards than women nationally, there are a significant number of ACT women who are marginalised and isolated from their community and its standard of living, at a great cost to their health and wellbeing. Due to the lack of accurate gender disaggregated data on marginalised and isolated groups, it is almost impossible to quantify the number of women in the ACT that are experiencing marginalisation and isolation.

MR SPEAKER: The time for this discussion has expired.

Territory plan

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.55): I move:

That this Assembly, in accordance with subsection 432 (2) of the Planning and Development Act 2007, approves the Territory Plan as notified under the Legislation Act 2001.

I seek the Assembly’s approval of the territory plan 2008 and I table the following paper:

Planning and Development Act—Territory Plan (3 volumes), dated March 2008.

In 2001, the Labor government gave a commitment to the people of the ACT that it would undertake significant reforms of the territory’s planning legislation. I am proud to say that the current Labor government has delivered on this commitment through the new legislation, the Planning and Development Act 2007 and this new territory plan. This has paved the way for us to deliver the planning goals as identified in the statement of planning intent and articulates the strategic directions in planning.

At this point I would like to acknowledge the significant contributions made by my predecessor Simon Corbell towards the planning system reform. The first draft of the restructured territory plan was released for consultation with the public and industry on 4 April 2007. As a result, 112 public comments were received which raised various issues, mainly on the usability of the restructured territory plan and the desire for policy-neutral content.

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