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Introducing ACT legislation similar to NSW would also allow retirement village operators operating in both jurisdictions to avoid compliance costs associated with complying with two different statutory regimes.

Resident groups have indicated support for the NSW legislation on the basis of included resident rights, including resident input into budget setting by management. In addition, the NSW legislation makes adequate provision for the concurrent operation of other applicable laws, including unit title legislation, and does not include provisions that acquire property otherwise than on just terms.

After considering feedback from industry and residents groups, in June 2012 Ms Porter MLA tabled the Retirement Villages Bill 2012. The 2012 bill is based on the NSW Retirement Villages Act 1999.

The ACT Government is currently considering the 2012 bill.

Fitters Workshop—petitions Nos 135 and 136

The ACT Government notes the petition by the petitioners, tabled by Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA on 7 June 2012, and makes the following comments:

The ACT Government notes the concerns of some members of the community.

The Government Response to the Assembly Standing Committee Inquiry, which continues to support the Government’s commitment to locate Megalo Access Arts Inc. in the Fitters’ Workshop was tabled on 5 June 2012.

Forced adoption—apology

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services) (10.02), by leave: I move:

That the ACT Legislative Assembly acknowledges, with deep regret, that past practices of forced removal and adoption have caused great pain and suffering to mothers and their children, who are now adults.

We recognise that past practices have profoundly affected the lives of not only these people but also fathers, grandparents, siblings, partners and other family members.

We acknowledge the life-long impact of this separation: the grief, trauma, loss, disconnection and unwarranted shame, guilt and secrecy.

To those mothers who had their babies taken from them, who were denied the opportunity to care for their child, who were not informed of their rights, nor provided with the support that mothers need, we are deeply sorry for this injustice and all the harm it has caused.

To the adopted children, who are now adults, and who were denied the opportunity to grow up with, and be cared for by their parents and families, we offer you our sincere and unreserved apology.

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