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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4369..


With the elected body's second report, the government has agreed, or agreed in principle, to 24 of the 30 recommendations while noting five other recommendations. The government does not agree with the elected body in relation to one of its recommendations, and that is a linguistic program used to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in rural communities in New South Wales to be replicated in the ACT. Therapy ACT and the Education and Training Directorate do not believe the New South Wales model is suitable for Canberra and that we provide effective intervention programs aimed at supporting speech and language development.

I will be asking the government directorates to focus on recommendations and findings of the second report, together with recommendations arising from the elected body's first report to government and on the outcomes from its scheduled hearings in the coming months.

I am pleased to table the elected body's second report and our response, which honours this government's commitment to fully engage and respond to the circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people The government is committed to ensuring that all ACT directorates fully and effectively support the newly elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to ensure that their community and their peoples are involved in decision making at the highest level. Delivery on the commitments outlined in this report will be a point of reference for the incoming elected body and for me as Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

We are all committed to equitable and quality service delivery across government and through our partnerships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. I am confident that the new elected body will continue to work tirelessly to guide us to improve the outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community living in Canberra.

ACT Supermarket Competition Policy—Select Committee

Membership

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received notification in writing of the following nominations for membership of the Select Committee on Supermarket Competition Policy: Dr Bourke, Ms Le Couteur and Mr Seselja.

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on ACT Supermarket Competition Policy.

Housing—low income households

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Dr Bourke, Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson,


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