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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 4674..


MS BURCH: Mr Speaker, the Live in Canberra campaign is not in my portfolio, so I cannot answer the question.

MR SMYTH: We obviously do not care. Perhaps you could take this on notice: as the multicultural affairs minister, what steps have you taken to ensure that non-English-speaking countries are fairly and appropriately represented in the campaign?

MS BURCH: The Live in Canberra campaign is a very successful, well-thought-out and well-implemented campaign.

Register of multicultural advisers

MRS DUNNE: Can the minister advise when the register of multicultural advisers was first established, what its purpose is and how many people are currently listed on the register. Can you answer that one, Joy?

MS BURCH: The register of multicultural advisers, known as ROMA, was first established in 2006. Since that time, approximately 70 Canberrans have applied to be registered on the register. The aim of ROMA is to promote cultural diversity in the ACT. It has three objectives: to increase the multicultural perspectives of decision-making boards and committees across the ACT government; to provide an opportunity for multicultural Canberrans to participate in government processes; and to build the capacity of the multicultural community members in developing communication, networking and personal skills.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what is the cost of the register and how is it administered?

MS BURCH: It is administered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

ACT Chinese Australian Association

MR HANSON: What funds are provided to the ACT Chinese Australian Association, on an annual or one-off basis, and for what purposes?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. The ACT Chinese community association received $1,900 from the 2010-11 round of the multicultural grants for the establishment of a website for the communication link project; production of the organisation's newsletter; and purchasing resources for the seniors having fun project. It also received $1,800 from the 2010-11 round of the ACT multicultural radio grants program to contribute towards the cost of the CAA Tuesday evening Chinese Cantonese radio program on FM 2XX.

MR HANSON: Minister, what arrangements does this association have for office accommodation, and is the cost of this provided by the ACT government?

MS BURCH: The Chinese association is supported through access through the various multicultural language and community support grants.


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