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draw attention to recommendations 69, 70 and 71. We should all work together to ensure that we are stamping out the prevalence of domestic, personal and family violence.
I wrap up by thanking all of the committee. I think we all worked very well together. We were locked in a room for a few weeks. It was definitely an interesting time but we certainly came out of it still smiling and no-one was maimed or injured, which I say is always a positive outcome. Thank you to all my committee member colleagues. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I commend the report to the Assembly.
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (11.41): I am not going to go through the committee report and pick out “the best of”. I would encourage all members to thoroughly read it as soon as they can. But I want to extend my particular thanks to Nicola Kosseck, the secretary and to all the others from the Assembly office who supported her, be that in the secretariat, the committee secretariat, in Hansard, the attendants and all the others who helped to facilitate the hearings of the committee.
I also want to extend my thanks to the community groups who participated, but in particular I want to thank the public servants who came and gave us a huge amount of information. I know that it takes a lot of work to prepare for estimates. I know that all directorates and all public servants put a considerable amount of energy into prepping for the hearings and then with the follow-up questions on notice. For that, the opposition is very grateful. We do think it is an important part of the Assembly process. We think it is an important part of governance in the territory and ensuring that the ACT government is held to account. We are unapologetic about the questions that we asked, be they in person or be they on notice, because it is an important function of the opposition to ask these questions and to ensure that the government is accountable.
Finally, I want to say that I think the spirit in which the members of the committee approached the deliberations was particularly good. Whilst it may not be the dream report from everyone’s perspective, I think it does reflect a lot of compromise. I think this is evident from the fact that the deliberations were relatively short and the attitude with which the members approached them was one of conciliation. Because of that, I think we have got a report that pretty fairly reflects a midpoint in the committee members’ views. Again, I would like to particularly thank Nicola Kosseck but also all the staff who helped to facilitate the committee’s activities.
Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Ms Berry) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Burch for today’s sitting due to family reasons.