Page 1321 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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We will also broaden the scope of eligibility for victims. This means that those who experience intimidation and harassment become eligible for payment under the scheme. No longer do you need to demonstrate a physical act of violence to receive assistance. This is also important for victims of domestic and family violence. We know how critical verbal violence and intimidation are in that domestic violence space, and those types of criminal acts also need to be responded to through recognition in this scheme.

These reforms will ensure also that victims of domestic violence can receive urgent assistance payments, including for emergency accommodation and relocation costs.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—master plans

MR GENTLEMAN: In relation to Mr Wall’s question on master plans earlier on, I said that I would provide some more details on the timing for those. I can advise that the Tharwa master plan stage 1 has been completed—the infrastructure study. Work is being finalised on stage 2 of the study to investigate non-potable water supply options for the village. Project scoping is underway in the preparation to engage with the local community on the development of the rural village plan for that area. On Calwell, a project scoping study has commenced, with the formal community engagement anticipated to commence mid this year.

ACTION bus service—network

MR RATTENBURY: Further to the earlier questions about the structure of ACTION, as I indicated in my answers the reason for my hesitation is that the position of general manager of ACTION no longer exists. If I try and read between the lines of Mr Coe’s question, perhaps the best answer I can give is that the Chief Operating Officer of ACTION is Bren Burkevics.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 2/2015—The Rehabilitation of Male Detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, dated 17 April 2015.

Assistant Speakers—warrant of nomination, pursuant to standing order 8—Mr Doszpot, for the period 27 April to 4 May 2015, dated 9 April 2015.

Acting Speaker—Instrument of Appointment, pursuant to standing order 6A—Assistant Speakers, Dr Bourke, for the period 19 to 26 April 2015, and Mr Doszpot, for the period 27 April to 4 May 2015, dated 15 April 2015.

Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection—Relocation from Belconnen—Letter to the Speaker from Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, dated 24 March 2015, concerning the resolution of the Assembly of 11 February 2015.

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