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I acknowledge that in drafting this amendment bill the government has worked very closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the Human Rights Commission. I thank and acknowledge the elected body members as well as the Human Rights Commissioner and her commission staff for their work on this part of the bill in particular. As I said at the outset, this bill makes small but significant changes to improve the operation and use of the Human Rights Act as a tool to guide public authorities to develop policies and provide services in a way that supports and strengthens the rights of all members of the ACT community but with its most important application being for those who are most vulnerable in our community. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Motion, pursuant to standing order 174, (by Mr Wall) agreed to:

That the Human Rights Amendment Bill 2015 be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for inquiry and report, with a reporting date not later than the last sitting day in September 2015.


Debate resumed from 19 March 2015, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Minister for Disability’s recent statement to the Assembly concerning the development of the ACT Disability Inclusion Statement;

(b) the ACT’s record of achieving positive outcomes for people with a disability;

(c) the commitment of the ACT Government to implementing the National Disability Strategy;

(d) that the ACT Disability Inclusion Statement will foster a united movement of people with disability, families, government, community and business to work towards a more inclusive and equal society;

(e) the five priority areas for development for the statement, namely, housing, employment, justice, accessible communities and improving health; and

(f) the ongoing commitment for the ACT Government to ensuring people with disabilities and their families can achieve to their full potential; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to continue to:

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