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The safer families funding package will see a dedicated safer families team lead a whole of government effort to improve outcomes for victims of family violence and their families whilst working with government and community partners. Other important initiatives include the strengthening of integrated case management for family violence victims, enhanced quality assurance and decision-making in child protection, training for front-line staff, and assistance for ACT Policing to assist victims in applying for domestic violence orders.

Domestic and family violence claims the lives of more than 100 people in our country every year and causes enduring damage to individuals and to our society as a whole. The personal, social and economic costs of family violence are substantial and they are well documented.

Accordingly, a strong and ongoing commitment to ending family violence is required, through whole of government and whole of community action. This bill supports a comprehensive policy response to one of the most significant social issues that our country faces and it will provide a growth stream to fund this policy response. As the city grows, the funds available to the government will also grow to address family violence.

I commend the Safer Families Levy Bill 2016 to the Assembly and thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Rates (Pensioner Rebate) Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 7 June 2016, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (12.13): The opposition will be supporting the Rates (Pensioner Rebate) Amendment Bill 2016.

Under the Rates Act, eligible pensioners can receive a rebate on their general rates and the fire and emergency services levy for their principal place of residence. Pensioners who were eligible for the scheme before 1 July 1997 were able to access an uncapped rebate. Everyone who became eligible for the scheme after l July 1997 could only access a capped rebate. The current cap is $700 per property. The government has advised that there are around 3,000 home owners in this situation.

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