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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 4538..


MS PORTER: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how will the government follow up on the recommendations made at the assembly?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her question. A summary of the discussions held at the Older Persons Assembly is currently being collated. The Office for Ageing received in excess of 140 nominations for 70 delegate places and the key issues and concerns raised by all nominees, successful and unsuccessful, will be incorporated into the final report. A formal government response to the recommendations will be available in early next year, but on the day I certainly made comment to a number of the delegates that I would be more than happy to progress on a number of those recommendations quite quickly because they seemed quite straightforward.

The format and content of the response will be guided by the Older Persons Assembly steering committee with input from the age-friendly city network and the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing. The outcomes of the Older Persons Assembly will guide the development of the next action plan for the ACT's strategic plan for positive ageing which will cover the period from 2012 through to 2014.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, will the government commit to making this a regular event—for example, would this be a biannual event?

MS BURCH: In the absence—it has never been before government for a formal response. I can certainly repeat the comments that I made to the delegation on the day, which were that I think it was a great success. The participants really engaged and they thought it was a great opportunity.

So I have committed us. I think that next year a number of people in this place could be busy. We may look to 2013. I will certainly be working with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing on that and on a number of recommendations as well. So it will not be that there is no action between the assemblies. I have certainly spoken to Alan Hodges and his crew on the council about how we progress things in the interim.

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Rostered ministers question time

Minister for Industrial Relations

Industrial relations—workplace safety

MS PORTER: Minister, given the passage of the nationally harmonised workplace health and safety bill in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and now the


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