Page 2331 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Chief Minister, we have covered this from a number of points of view. I thank my colleagues, Mr Hanson and Mr Coe, for contributing to this debate. Chief Minister, it is time to take a statesmanlike stance, where compassion is not a sign of weakness but exhibits the willingness to understand the problem and the courage to address the solution which an ex gratia payment offers. Chief Minister, it is time to show some compassion and an act of grace.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 12

Noes 9

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Coe

Ms Lee

Ms Berry

Mr Pettersson

Mr Doszpot

Mr Milligan

Ms Burch

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Women—government policy

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (11.12): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the ACT Government is committed to representing the rights and interests of women and girls in the ACT, including by:

(a) establishing the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women to guide policy-making across government;

(b) committing to a strategic and comprehensive approach to tackle domestic and family violence;

(c) establishing the Women’s Grants Program and the Audrey Fagan Grants program and return to work grants to support initiatives aimed at improving the safety, status and lives of women and girls in the ACT; and

(d) introducing tailored policies and work programmed through the women’s action plan, and initiatives across all areas of government, particularly for women’s health, education, sport and employment;

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