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draft Strategy has been placed on the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) website, in Canberra Connect shopfronts and in public libraries as well as advertisements in the Canberra Times and The Chronicle.

A summary and key findings from the review will be available on the TAMS website following the public review.

Human rights
(Question No 44)

Ms Bresnan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 February 2009:

What actions will the ACT Government be undertaking to encourage Canberrans to participate in the national human rights consultation.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has responsibility for organising and conducting the national human rights consultation as it is a Commonwealth Government initiative.

Under the Human Rights Commission Act 2005, the ACT Human Rights Commissioner is responsible for promoting community discussion on human rights issues. The Commissioner has been a strong advocate of the national human rights consultation, and frequently raises awareness of the consultation at public events.

The ACT Human Rights Commissioner recently attended the Queanbeyan consultation session on 11 February 2009 where she met individually with members of the National Human Rights Consultation Committee.

In addition, the ACT Government has consistently argued that there is a need for protection of human rights in Commonwealth legislation. Both the Chief Minister and myself regularly promote the national human rights consultation and encourage participation in that process at public speaking events.

The ACT Government will be making a formal submission to the National Human Rights Consultation Committing advocating for the enactment of Commonwealth legislation similar to the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT). The submission will draw on the ACT’s experience as the first Australian jurisdiction to provide explicit legislative protection of the rights contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Public service—travel
(Question No 45)

Ms Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 12 February 2009:

(1) How much did the Chief Minister’s Department (CMD) spend on travel, including itemised amounts for airfares, accommodation and travel allowance for the (a) 2007-08 financial year and (b) 2008-09 financial year to 31 December 2008.

(2) What proportion of the travel was domestic as opposed to international.

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