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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1319 ..

Orders of the day—discharge

Motion (by Mr Gentleman), by leave, agreed to:

That orders of the day Nos 3 and 4, Assembly business, relating to proposed inquiries into greater housing affordability, and evidence and best practice around prevention and early intervention programs in the prevention of domestic and family violence, respectively, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Family and Personal Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 28 March 2017.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.03): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting clause 1 and the majority of the bill. We believe that clause 1 is very laudable and that the intentions of the bill are, generally speaking, very laudable. We understand, as Mrs Kikkert identified the other day, that she has some amendments, but we will be agreeing to clause 1.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (11.04), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 1394].

I stand today to move two small but quite significant amendments to the bill under debate. I and the rest of the Canberra Liberals have agreed with this proposed legislation in principle. We want to have good laws in this territory that protect victims of family and personal violence. For this reason, both the Family Violence Act and the Personal Violence Act were unanimously approved last year by the Eighth Assembly.

I understand the desire for these two acts to be improved through amendment before they come into effect on 1 May this year. The amendments that I am proposing deal specifically with the process of amending protection orders. A protection order can be amended by the court to make it stricter by adding further conditions, prohibitions or restrictions and/or by extending the period for which the order remains in force.

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