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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 210..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The Property Council welcomes the fact that the first priority of the Social Plan is economic opportunity.

Hugh Mackay, social commentator and a person with a very significant insight into Australia and the Australian community, responded:

I am honoured and excited by the prospect of chairing the ACT's new Community Inclusion Board. This is an opportunity to play a part in a genuine process of community building ... it is an unusual opportunity to work with a political leader whose highest priority is social policy.

So, across the board the social plan and the attempts, endeavours and efforts the ACT government is making to ensure that we have a genuinely fair, equitable and egalitarian community have received praise. A community that values each of its members, a community that seeks to ensure that every child born in Canberra has exactly the same opportunities in life as every other child, is what underpins this. That is what underpins this government's philosophy and commitment to this town-that every child born in this town will at the end of the day have had exactly the same opportunity to reach their potential to meet their dreams and to contribute to the same extent within society and the community as every other person. I am really proud to be leading a government that is driven by that aspiration.

Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Health-Standing Committee

Report 6-government response

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health-Standing Committee-Report No 6-Report on recent reports concerning the mental health systemt-Government response, dated December 2003.

In a salutary lesson to us all, yesterday I tabled the accompanying progress reports, which did not include the government response. I am sure all members picked up on that omission. I also draw to the attention of members the fact that yesterday I tabled the government response to a particular report. That document had the words "cabinet-in-confidence"on it. Clearly the document is no longer cabinet-in-confidence.

Drugs of Dependence Amendment Bill 2004

Exposure draft

MS TUCKER: I seek leave of the Assembly to present an exposure draft of a bill.


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