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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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women and children strategy 2011-17, the ACT strategy—which aims to prevent violence against women both inside and outside their homes and to reduce the number of children exposed to violence—and the national plan to reduce violence against women and children, which has identified gender inequality as a major focus for work in the coming years.

Further to this commitment, the emphasis on improving outcomes for women at risk of discrimination will support the government's social inclusion and equality program to strengthen policies and practices in response to poverty, deprivation and discrimination, with special acknowledgement that social, political and cultural factors can lead to women in our community being at greater risk of marginalisation and disadvantage.

Progress under the ACT women's plan 2016-26 will be monitored through an annual statement presented to the Assembly for International Women's Day. This statement will outline progress against priority areas of the plan and allow us to celebrate progress and identify opportunities for improvement and further work. I am committed to working towards gender equality for all ACT women and I commend the ACT women's plan 2016-26 to the Assembly.

Reconciliation day—public holiday consultation outcomes report

Paper 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 paper:

Reconciliation Day Public Holiday—Consultation Outcomes Report, dated 29 July 2016, prepared by Elton Consulting.

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

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: As the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs I thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker, for the opportunity to table the outcomes report from the recent public consultation process on my proposal to establish a reconciliation day public holiday. In June 2016 I announced that the ACT government would start a discussion with the Canberra community on a proposal to celebrate reconciliation with a public holiday. I proposed the establishment of a reconciliation day public holiday that would not be a new public holiday but rather replace an existing public holiday. This outcomes report was developed following an extensive community and stakeholder consultation process which included 94 written submissions received in response to the letters to key stakeholders and the first time to talk consensus process. One hundred and fifty people responded to the time to talk online survey, 25 participants attended public forums and six interviews were held with key stakeholders.

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