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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . .

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Utilities (Technical Regulation) (Light Rail Regulated Utility (Electrical) Network Code) Approval 2016—Disallowable Instrument DI2016-18 (LR, 10 March 2016).

Utilities (Technical Regulation) (Regulated Utility Coordination Code) Approval 2016—Disallowable Instrument DI2016-20 (LR, 10 March 2016).

Waste Minimisation Act—Waste Minimisation (Landfill Fees) Determination 2016 (No. 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2016-27 (LR, 24 March 2016).

Valuing young people

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM SPEAKER: I have received letters from Ms Burch, Mr Coe, Mr Hanson, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Ms Burch be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of creating a city for Canberra's young people and valuing their ideas.

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (3.25): I am very pleased to bring this matter of public importance to the Assembly today. Canberra, as we know, is indeed a vibrant city filled with a diverse and rich social fabric. We are fortunate to be part of a community that encompasses many walks of life. I believe that as a government we recognise and value being part of a community that recognises the voices of all—the young and the old.

The voices of young people are as important as any. Indeed, given that they are our future leaders, it is essential that we provide appropriate platforms for their voices to be heard and their ideas to be valued. To this effect, there are many ways in which the government recognises the voices of our young people and supports their contribution.

In the coming months the government will be conducting a listening tour of 15 local youth groups to hear firsthand the concerns and perspectives that are held by Canberra's young people in the different settings. The Community Services Directorate will also be conducting a series of discussions with young people to gain further insight into their needs, their values and their ideas.

Another stream of activity in youth engagement is being led by the Canberra Islamic Centre, which has identified a number of Muslim youth living in the ACT who are potential future leaders amongst their peers. The Islamic Centre is planning a series of workshops for these young leaders in late April and early May of this year. These workshops will come together in a youth conference for about 100 to 150 local and interstate young people on 28 May at the National Portrait Gallery. There will be discussions about what it is to live a positive life as a young Muslim and to contribute to the general wellbeing of the Australian community.

As we know, it is vitally important for young people to feel connected to their communities, to feel valued, empowered and to contribute. The work of the Islamic


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