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The bill allows the territory government to act in a fiscally responsible manner whilst achieving the right balance for home owners who need the most assistance. The funding boost provided to concessions in the territory budget reflects my government’s commitment to a fairer, a more sustainable and a better targeted concessions program here in Canberra. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Family Violence Bill 2016

[Cognate bill:

Personal Violence Bill 2016]

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

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with executive business order of the day No 5, Personal Violence Bill 2016. That being the case, I remind members that, in debating order of the day No 4 executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 5.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.21): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting both of these bills. There are few areas of legislation in many ways that are more sensitive and complex than personal and domestic violence, and very few with more tragic consequences if we do not get it right.

The bills that we are debating today do attempt to address these most complex concerns in a comprehensive manner. However, the bills have attracted considerable comment and concern from some quarters. Whilst we are committed in this place to addressing concerns in this area we are also committed to doing so in a considered and comprehensive manner. This is one of all the areas where we need to make sure that good intentions do not lead to bad lawmaking. We need to remain ever vigilant. Therefore we have sought wide comment and feedback on the many detailed provisions in these bills and how the many complex provisions would come to be applied in an attempt to carefully assess the outcomes, especially unintended ones.

These bills are part of an ongoing process around the country as all jurisdictions deal with the scourge of family and personal violence. They build on recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the joint Australian-New South Wales Law Reform Commissions’ report, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report Family violence—a national legal response, the Law Reform Commission’s family law recommendations, and the Council of Australian Governments’ recommendations.

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