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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (16 February) . .

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It is a privilege to outline my priorities for these important portfolios today. This government is determined to see our city thrive as a sustainable and smart city, where active travel and healthier lifestyles are made easier and people with ideas and innovation are given every opportunity.

As minister, I will continue my open and collaborative style. I will seek out new partners and encourage new ideas. I will work with people to find smart ways for government, the community and business to work together to deliver for Canberrans. I will encourage smart investment and recognise our responsibility to manage our public finances prudently. I promise I will always seek to explain the tough decisions facing the government. I will look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues, the stakeholders across my portfolios, and the talented and hardworking staff of the ACT public service. Above all, I look forward to continuing to work with the Canberra community, and in particular the people who put their trust in me to represent them here. I present the following paper:

Ministerial priorities—Ministerial statement, 16 February 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ministerial priorities

Ministerial statement

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.28): Madam Speaker, I am pleased to be extended the opportunity to serve the people of the ACT as a minister in the Barr Labor government. Across my portfolios we are seeing some significant reforms that have at their core one important aim: better lives for the people of Canberra.

As Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, I am committed to promoting the immense contribution that our first peoples make to our community and providing support where it is needed. One of the landmark developments of 2015 was the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement 2015-18, which provides a new whole-of-government approach to policy, program and service delivery for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A number of initiatives are being progressed under the agreement. These include a review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 to improve community engagement and representation of community concerns to government, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice partnership 2015-17, a targeted approach to reduce over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the ACT justice system. Collaboration with the ACT Aboriginal and


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