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This ensures that a victim’s personal conferencing outcome is not divulged to any other person who the court identifies has been impacted by the offence.
I turn now to amendments which will increase ease of access for people with disabilities seeking to participate in restorative justice processes. The bill allows participants to flexibly provide consent for a process where they are physically unable to do so in writing. I would like to thank Women with Disability ACT in particular for their involvement in the development of this reform.
This bill introduces significant reforms which reflect this government’s commitment to providing increased access to restorative justice for victims of crime. The amendments create additional opportunities for victims of crime to participate in their criminal justice processes, while delivering safeguards which will strengthen the ability of the restorative justice unit to safely manage family violence and sexual offences when phase 3 of the scheme commences in November.
While the government recognises that restorative justice might not be needed by every victim of crime, or perhaps wanted by every victim of crime, it remains committed to ensuring that all eligible victims of crime have the opportunity to access restorative justice if and when they want it. This is in line with our commitment to building a safer, stronger and more connected, restorative city. I commend the bill to the Assembly, and I thank members for their earlier contributions to the debate.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.
Questions without notice
ACT Health—workplace culture
MR COE: My question is for the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to an opinion piece in the Canberra Times of 12 September by AMA president, Dr Antonio Di Dio. Dr Di Dio wrote:
It’s come from what seems to have been a continual series of crises within ACT Health and its inability or unwillingness to deal with the systemic issues. From switchboard fires to data disasters, waiting list blow-outs and persistent allegations of bullying, ACT Health has struggled for a long time.
Minister, why have you been unable or unwilling to deal with the continuing series of crises within ACT Health?