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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 March 2017) . . Page.. 926 ..

period of time. I take Minister Gentleman’s point that the Heritage Council determine their work in a strategic manner and it is not necessarily by the oldest nomination. But it simply does not pass the pub test having something on the list for 15 years. Fifteen years waiting to hear about an assessment just does not make sense.

I will take on board Mr Gentleman’s points and I thank Ms Le Couteur for her kind-of support—a bet both ways, I think. I will support Mr Gentleman’s amendment, given that I must acknowledge that the Heritage Council is an independent body. I look forward to Mr Gentleman’s report back to the Assembly by the end of August and I sincerely hope there will have been significant progress on reducing the number of nominations on the heritage assessment list by that time.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Women’s equality

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (5.20):

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the significant and critical contribution of women and girls to the cultural, social, political and economic fabric of the ACT;

(2) acknowledges the need for continued commitment to further building the social, economic and political equality of women, noting that:

(a) the full-time average weekly earnings for a woman in the ACT are 11.5 percent less than that of a man in the ACT, and 16 percent less nationally;

(b) on average, Australian women retire with half of the superannuation of Australian men;

(c) 90 percent of adult victims of sexual assault are women;

(d) women are underrepresented in leadership positions across the Australian private, government and non-government sectors; and

(e) women are still more vulnerable than men in the areas of health, economic security, housing and safety outcomes; and

(3) notes the sustained focus by the ACT Government to improve the status of women in the ACT over successive years, and it being a national leader by:

(a) actively participating in, and promoting, celebrations for International Women’s Day, the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign;

(b) advocating against retrograde changes to Australian laws and policies that will unfairly impact women, such as cuts to penalty rates;

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