Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 October 2018) . . Page.. 4198 ..
specifically women’s sport. Women undertake a lot of different sports, sports that are generally male dominated but also other sports that women are encouraged to play.
There are more things we can do, including ensuring that when our community contribution scheme is going towards sport it is not going to things like mobile phone payments, payments to elite players in sporting teams or payments for airport lounges. That is not what I see the scheme to be about. The scheme is there to ensure that members of our community can be supported, in the case of today’s motion, to undertake sport, which is an important physical and mental health opportunity for all members of our community.
It is a shame that a motion about looking at ways we can continue to have conversations and continue to support women and girls to participate in all forms of sport is clouded by comments from the opposition. It is shamed by members of the opposition. Mr Parton, in particular, was shaming me. I am proud to stand here in this Assembly. I am proud of what the ACT government has done. I am proud of what Minister Berry has done. I am proud that I can stand there and we can turn a sod on an amazing leisure, sport and water facility in my electorate. It is wonderful, and I look forward to doing more of those things over the remainder of this term and hopefully into the future.
I thank members of the Assembly who have had positive comments about this motion. I look forward to working with the government to ensure that we continue to have conversations, that we continue to include programs to build women’s sport in the ACT. I look forward to continuing to stand up for the community and fight for whatever it is that my community would like me to fight for.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Domestic and family violence
MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.19): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that:
(a) domestic and family violence negatively affects many who are exposed to it, including children;
(b) children can be affected whether they are victims of the violence or are witnesses to it (including merely overhearing it);
(c) several extensive reviews of published research have found that children who are affected by domestic and family violence experience significant negative impacts to their physical, emotional, social, behavioural, developmental and/or cognitive wellbeing and functioning;
(d) these impacts may include irritability, sleep problems, fear of being alone, poor language development, impaired concentration, aggressiveness, antisocial behaviours, anxiety, depression, eating problems, low frustration tolerance, low academic performance, and being passive or withdrawn, amongst others;