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and the University of New South Wales, working collaboratively with my department, to explore options and implications for including economic, social and cultural rights in a statutory framework such as now exists in our human rights jurisdiction here in the ACT. I understand that the research embodied in this report may constitute the first Australian attempt to comprehensively canvass legally codifying economic, cultural and social rights in an Australian jurisdiction. I am delighted to be able to receive the document and table it here today.

In commending it to members, I want to acknowledge in particular the efforts of professors Charlesworth and Byrnes and Dr Katie Young and Ms Renuka Thilagaratnam in their research team. From the Department of Justice and Community Safety, I would like to mention the Deputy Chief Executive, Mr Stephen Goggs, for his leadership role in liaison between the academics and ACT government agencies, not least including the legislation policy branch of my department and the offices of the Government Solicitor and Parliamentary Counsel. I would also like to acknowledge the role of the ACT human rights commissioner, Dr Helen Watchirs, as a member of the project’s reference group.

This report provides an excellent springboard for mature consideration of the issues that go with the next logical step in our human rights evolution in this jurisdiction. I look forward to having that conversation with members, with individual Canberrans, businesses, community organisations and other parts of the government in due course. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

Report 4—government response

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.00): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into ACT Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets—Final report August 2010—Government response, dated December 2010.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Barr, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 23 June 2010, presented the following paper:

Disability education—Government response.

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