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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1236..


(2) What outcomes have been achieved to date under the auspices of the Indigenous Working Group set up under the Shared Responsibility Agreement;

(3) What progress has the Government made in implementing the priorities and outcomes identified by the Community Leaders Workshop held in 2004.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Shared Responsibility Agreement is being progressed through the direction of a Steering Committee, using specific working groups as necessary. The process is still in the consultation and research phase.

(2) The Indigenous Working Group has held consultations with various groups and organisations in the ACT, focused through the four key areas of:

assisting people to address trauma, regain confidence, build self-esteem and strengthen cultural identity;

addressing the deleterious effects of substance abuse;

addressing the many factors contributing to the over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system;

addressing the many factors contributing to the disparity between the educational outcomes of Indigenous people (particularly children and youth), with those of the wider society.

The outcomes of these consultations will be further progressed through a community workshop to be held in mid 2005.

(3) Implementation of the priorities and outcomes identified by the Community Leaders workshop has included:

The adoption of COAG Indicators in the reporting and development of policies and programs; and

The allocation of $1.4 million over fours years for the establishment of the Aboriginal Justice Centre.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-students

(Question No 90)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) What is the level of funding allocated to the Aboriginal Students Parents Association (ASPA) from the ACT Government;

(2) What are the roles and functions of the ASPA;

(3) What outcomes have been achieved for Indigenous students by the Association over the past three years.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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