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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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A number of ACT government directorates have already implemented a RAP and others are under development. However, in the territory not everybody works or studies in places where there is a RAP. A public holiday dedicated to reconciliation would extend into the public sphere the positive trend achieved in workplaces and educational institutions where RAPs are already in place.

A Reconciliation Day public holiday is an innovative approach to broadening the audience and keeping reconciliation in the public conversation. It provides for whole-of-community recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, with many possibilities for ways that the day could be themed and celebrated.

That is why I am here today to announce that the ACT government will commence consultation with all Canberrans on the proposal for a day of reconciliation. The ACT could make history and be the first jurisdiction to make reconciliation the subject of a public holiday. I look forward to consulting further about this proposal and look forward to reporting back to the Assembly in August on the outcomes of the consultation. I present the following paper:

Reconciliation Day public holiday—Ministerial statement, 9 June 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Radio Print Handicapped

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) (10.18): Madam Speaker, I wish to update members on the outcomes of the government's actions related to the private member's motion from 10 February 2016 in relation to print handicapped Radio 1RPH. The motion called on the ACT government to, one, work with print handicapped Radio 1RPH to identify alternative funding streams and business development opportunities in order to sustain its financial viability; two, write to the federal minister for disability drawing this matter to his attention; and three, report back to the Assembly by the last day of the June sitting period.

I am pleased to inform the Assembly that the ACT government has been advised that print handicapped Radio 1RPH have been successful in obtaining a grant from the National Disability Insurance Agency for $39,000. This funding, which is for 12 months, allows print handicapped Radio 1RPH to deliver an information linkage and capacity building service by varying its service model to broadcast information about the national disability insurance scheme to the ACT and surrounding region.


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