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months specified in the act. I anticipate that I will be able to present the report of the review of the act within six months after the review commences.

I would like to assure members that the review of the act is on track. The review advisory group is informing the development of the terms of reference and a background paper for discussion. The extended public consultation period will optimise engagement with the Canberra community.

It is important that any potential amendments to the act truly reflect best possible regulation of retirement villages for current and future residents, their families and village operators. I believe that three months is too short a period to achieve this but that six months is sufficient time to allow the government to draw on the expertise of the review advisory group and prepare quality final recommendations.

Madam Speaker, the Retirement Villages Act is an important piece of legislation affecting the lives of many Canberrans. The retirement villages industry is an important industry for the ACT and means a great deal to older Canberrans. This review will equip the government to ensure the act continues to properly balance the interests of everyone involved.

I present the following paper:

Retirement Villages Act 2012—Review—Ministerial statement, 6 August 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee


Debate resumed from 4 August 2015, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That the report be noted.

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (10.34): I am proud to be part of the government that delivered this year’s budget which clearly reflects Labor’s priorities. It delivers on our commitment to quality schools, roads, hospitals, public transport and community services. It includes, for the first time, a social inclusion and equality statement and a domestic violence statement further underlining this government’s priorities. And it does this despite the hit to our economy by the Abbott government’s two recent federal budgets and the impact of the asbestos eradication scheme. Both have put significant pressure on the territory’s economy and our finances.

This is also a budget that continues to diversify the ACT economy and encourage job creation. Transforming Canberra through major infrastructure projects such as the

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