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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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Strait Islander agreement for 2015-18: strong cultural identities, healthy lives, lifelong education, safe communities, leadership, economic independence and a more connected community.

Future ACT government closing the gap reports will now be the reporting tools for the new agreement, implementation plan and associated outcomes framework. The agreement marks a significant milestone in the strengthening of partnership approaches to overcoming barriers and advancing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra and the surrounding area.

The result of extensive work of government, community and non-government stakeholders, the agreement's focus areas and quality of life outcomes capture the priorities of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the ACT. A distinct aspect of the agreement is its theme of strong families, reflecting the holistic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approach to health and wellbeing for individuals and their communities.

The ACT government has been working collaboratively with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to find solutions to problems which are a legacy of past policies and decisions. By working together, much can be achieved. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership into the future to build upon what has already been done and achieve improved outcomes for all.

I urge all my colleagues to read the ACT closing the gap report 2015 to see examples of innovative programs and initiatives that are helping on the journey to close the gap and create a more diverse, innovative and inclusive community. As Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, I recognise that closing the gap is a generational ambition, but I am confident that this resource will help guide ACT service delivery in the right direction.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008—review and government response

Papers and statement by minister

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): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008—Review—

Report prepared by Terri Janke.

Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.


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