Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2223 ..
which is showing not only a reduction in reoffending but genuine value for money. This budget also funds necessary additional staff resources to support higher detainee numbers at the AMC and the replacement of the mobile duress system.
However, I hope that future budgets will have an even greater focus on justice reinvestment. Significant work is underway in this area and greater investment is needed to ensure that these programs result in reducing recidivism and also reducing offending in the first place. Initiatives that keep people out of jail will be better for everyone in our community, reducing costs and keeping the entire community safer.
Fundamental to the Greens’ values of treating all people with respect and value, we welcome funding for the development of a disability justice strategy. We are keen to ensure that we do not treat people with a disability unfairly, whether they are victims of crime or offenders.
Overall, Greens supporters largely want to see a sustainable budget and a fair budget that looks after vulnerable Canberrans, and a progressive budget that trials innovations, that is prepared to take risks, and this budget takes firm steps towards all those. While we congratulate the government for our current ACT budget position, the Greens caution the need for ever-increasing growth for growth’s sake. Instead, we urge the government to continue to support policies that facilitate growth in the sustainable industries of renewable energy, energy efficiency and recycling, and focus on a green and fair economy
The Greens are very supportive of this year’s budget, but we do urge the government to make further serious investments in housing initiatives to address affordability and sustainability, as well as more action to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change—both while assessing the impacts of these policies on our most vulnerable people.
I look forward to continuing to work with Ms Le Couteur and my Labor colleagues over this Assembly and thank them for all their efforts towards making the ACT more sustainable, fair and progressive.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Reference to Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019
Motion (by Mr Barr) agreed to:
That the Appropriation Bill 2018-2019 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2018-2019 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2018-2019.
Madam Speaker presented the following papers: