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Electoral Act in relation to a discussion paper of the committee entitled Inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act—discussion paper, dated April 2017.

As members will recall, the select committee was established by the Assembly on 15 December 2016 to consider the overall administration and conduct of the 2016 Assembly election, together with a number of other questions and issues relating to the electoral system and current electoral laws in the ACT.

The committee published a discussion paper on 20 April 2017 which is intended to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry. The paper draws on several published analyses of the 2016 election, inclosing the ACT Electoral Commission report and a report of an audit of the election by the ACT Auditor-General, both of which were tabled earlier this year.

The paper also provides reference and links to other inquires which have addressed the specific questions referred to the select committee, including possibly lowering the voting age in the ACT, improving donation rules and donation reporting time frames, increasing voter participation in elections and encouraging political activity generally. The paper also sets out other matters the inquiry will examine that arise from the terms of reference.

The select committee has directly sought submissions from a range of persons and organisations that are likely to be interested in the inquiry and looks forward to receiving proposals and suggestions which will form the basis of the select committee hearing program later this year. The date set for receipt of submissions is Friday, 30 June 2017. Pursuant to standing order 246A I present the following paper:

2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act—Select Committee—Inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act—Discussion Paper, dated 20 April 2017.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (11.02): On behalf of Mrs Jones, pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety. Members will recall that the committee chair informed the Assembly on 30 March 2017 that the committee had resolved to inquire into domestic and family violence as it relates to policy approaches and responses.

However, as the inquiry coverage had potential to cross over with the resolutions of establishment for the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs and the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services, the committee chair advised, after consultation with these committees, that she would inform the Assembly at its next meeting of the terms of reference. Accordingly, the terms of reference for the committee’s inquiry into domestic and family violence—policy approaches and responses—are:

To inquire into and report, on:

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