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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 606..


management, amongst other matters. Continuing with education and awareness raising initiatives, the Work Safety Commissioner also recently launched the Hazardman campaign, an early intervention campaign targeted to educate younger audiences about the importance of workplace safety. The launch included a competition for school students with prizes of iPods and safety grants to schools.

The government is also working with Safe Work Australia to develop guidance for transient and new workers in the construction sector, and this work is aimed at assisting employers to identify barriers for communicating work health and safety messages to transient and new workers.

The government is also consulting with federal agencies to develop an effective strategy to address sham contracting practices in the construction sector. The complexity of this issue dictates that there is no simple solution. The practice crosses borders, industries and employers. To this end all options are being considered, and I will announce a government strategy in due course.

All of this is evidence of the government's commitment to work with industry and unions to improve safety on construction sites and to build a genuine culture of safety in the construction sector. I look forward to updating members on future progress of this very important work.

National Close the Gap Day

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (11.19): I present the following paper:

National Close the Gap Day—Ministerial statement, 20 March 2014.

I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on National Close the Gap Day.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

We, as a government and as individuals, are committed to closing the gap on life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. On 13 February 2014 we celebrated the anniversary of the national apology delivered by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.

During the February sitting I announced to the Assembly that we are embarking on a whole-of-government agreement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT which would articulate how the ACT government will work towards equitable outcomes for members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


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