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a. the adequacy and effectiveness of current policy approaches and responses in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in the ACT;

b. the implementation of the ACT Government’s 2016–17 funding commitments to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence in the ACT, in particular how outcomes are being measured;

c. the issues and policy challenges (if any) for the ACT arising from the National funding and agenda/policy setting regime/framework—including how outcomes are measured and reported;

d. best practice policy approaches and responses being undertaken in other jurisdictions to prevent and/or respond to domestic and family violence; and

e. any other related matters.

The committee notes that it has a broad public interest mandate and is not in a position to determine the rights and wrongs of individual cases. The committee process is not a forum to resolve issues pertaining solely to individual cases or grievances but is a forum to explore the general matters of principle, policy or public administration relevant to the terms of reference. The committee will be confining its inquiry to these terms of reference. The committee will be calling for submissions to its inquiry shortly and is intending to commence holding public hearings in September or October 2017. The committee is expecting to report to the Assembly as soon as practicable.

Legislative Assembly—reaffirmation of code of conduct

MADAM SPEAKER: (11.05): I move:

That we, the Members of the Ninth Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, having adopted a code of conduct for Members, reaffirm our commitment to the principles, obligations and aspirations of the code.

This motion was on the notice paper but I understand we will adjourn it shortly. Before we do I want to thank the Clerk and the Office of the Legislative Assembly, those who have provided submissions—Ms Cheyne, Mr Wall and Mr Rattenbury—and the admin and procedure committee for their work on this. This is an important process.

I think Mr Wall has indicated there is some reluctance about some of the wording in this new code but it is an important process, and I encourage people to move with their concerns and come to an agreement, because it is an important process that we have a new code of conduct that applies to all members. Whilst I accept that it is being adjourned, I look forward to coming back next sitting and agreeing across parties to an appropriate code of conduct for all members.

Debate (on motion by Ms Cheyne) adjourned to the next sitting.

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