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formal letter to Housing ACT asking for a review of this situation, and was informed that a response would be forthcoming. I received no response on either Tuesday or yesterday, and numerous phone calls and emails went unanswered. Housing ACT refused to comment on this issue. This morning, we were informed that Housing ACT has been instructed not to speak to anyone from my office, though they declined to tell me who had given them the order.

Madam Speaker, the minister’s office was made aware of this situation, and I would like to hear from the minister herself what exactly is being done to address the fears of this victim of domestic violence before the situation potentially turns tragic.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.22), in reply: Madam Speaker, I invite Ms Kikkert to again provide the information to my office about the individual she is referring to. I would remind Ms Kikkert that in situations like this, the privacy of those individuals is foremost; it is not the form for ministers in this place to have personal details about individuals who have been affected by domestic and family violence discussed in public in this place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Lands Acquisition Amendment Bill 2017

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Lands Acquisition Amendment Bill 2017 to the Assembly. The bill makes a number of limited amendments to the current Lands Acquisition Act. The purpose of the bill is to introduce another way to facilitate negotiations on the payment of compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land under the act.

Madam Speaker, from the outset I would emphasise that the proposed amendments do not change the basic structure of the act, including the right to receive compensation and the calculation of compensation amounts payable. In particular, the bill makes no changes to the process for the acquisition of land, the factors to be considered in determining a compensation amount or the process for negotiation and review of compensation amounts payable following an initial claim or offer. These procedures remain exactly the same as they are now under the Lands Acquisition Act.

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