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Lastly, the bill makes a minor amendment to the Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004 to ensure that the oversight of the asbestos removal process in relation to affected residential premises is the responsibility of an asbestos removal business rather than the individual worker who actually carries out the work.

The amendments to legislation will have a positive social impact on the ACT community as it facilitates the second stage of the scheme through the activities of the demolition program. It eliminates duplicate processes, maximises revenue to the community and allows for the efficient demolition of affected properties, which is necessary for such a large scale demolition program. These amendments help the ACT community to move closer to eliminating the legacy left behind by Mr Fluffy.

The government will continue to work closely with all stakeholders affected by loose-fill asbestos. This bill reflects the essential changes required to provide an enduring solution to the Mr Fluffy legacy. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes (Domestic and Family Violence) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Crimes (Domestic and Family Violence) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. Domestic and family violence affects one in six women, and one in 19 men, in Australia every year. Nearly one Australian woman is killed by her current or former partner every week. In the ACT we have recently had painful and confronting reminders of this statistic. The tragic circumstances of the deaths in the territory in 2015 are a stark demonstration of the fact that domestic and family violence does not discriminate. Domestic and family violence causes enduring damage to individuals and to our community as a whole. And it is for this reason the government’s position will always be that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our city.

The bill I am introducing today makes a number of important amendments to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and to recognise the harm that this type of violence has on our community. The impetus for the reforms has come from ongoing engagement with a wide range of stakeholders as well as from the outcomes of the extraordinary meeting of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council on 2 April this year. That meeting provided for over 55 participants to have an open and honest conversation about how government and the community as a whole can strengthen and improve responses to domestic and family violence.

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