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I want to finish by saying that today on International Women’s Day we stand on the shoulders of giants. We today recognise and celebrate women who never took no for an answer, who sacrificed much to advance the social, economic, cultural and political status for women all across the globe. We recognise the work before us to advance true equality to the benefit of all. I am personally grateful for the work that women have done before me to make the change that we are experiencing and I hope we can continue with that change for further equity and equality in our communities for women, children and young girls.

I thank everybody again for their positive contributions today. I encourage people to get on board with the “This is not a wife beater” campaign and continue the conversation so that on future International Women’s Day occasions we can be looking our daughters in the eye and saying that we did everything we could to make their lives as equal as those of the men in our community.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2016

Mr Corbell, by leave, 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 Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (12.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2016 makes amendments to the legislation governing the ACT’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal to remedy the effects of an error in a recent instrument making appointments to the tribunal. As members would be aware, the ACAT is a statutory independent legal institution which provides a forum to resolve specific types of administrative and civil disputes. ACAT’s jurisdiction includes review of administrative decisions, discrimination matters, guardianship and mental health matters, residential tenancy disputes and civil disputes under the value of $10,000.

This bill, therefore, amends the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008 to, in effect, reinstate the appointments of two presidential members of ACAT. This is regrettably necessary due to the inadvertent revocation of the appointments of those members from 1 January 2016. The amendments will not only reinstate the appointments of the members involved but ensure the validity of decisions those members have made during the time their appointments were not in place.

It is deeply regrettable that an error in an instrument has resulted in the need for this bill. However, it is, of course, very important to ensure that the validity of the

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