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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . .

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Community inclusion

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the importance of inclusion as a core value of the ACT community;

(2) acknowledges the need to continuously improve our support for inclusion and embrace diversity;

(3) notes the ongoing focus of the ACT Government to embrace inclusivity in the ACT, and that this past month has unofficially become Canberra's month of community inclusion through many events and government initiatives such as:

(a) marriage equality week, which reaffirmed the fact that Canberra is Australia's most LGBTI-inclusive city;

(b) the National Multicultural Festival, which saw more than 280 000 people come together in the Capital to embrace and celebrate the many different cultures in Canberra;

(c) Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards, which recognises the efforts of community members who strive to make this city a better place;

(d) the Connect and Participate Expo, which helps Canberrans of all abilities and ages join groups and build social connections around common interests, with over 100 sport and recreation groups, craft, and music groups, performing arts, hobby, social and "special interest" groups represented;

(e) Seniors Week and the Canberra Gold Awards, which highlighted the significant contributions Canberra's senior citizens make to the Canberra community;

(f) International Women's Day (IWD), including the IWD Youth Forum hosted at Gungahlin College, in which young women were encouraged by leading experts from our community to "Be Bold for Change" in advancing the progression of gender equality and opportunities for women; and

(g) displays at the Enlighten Festival in commemoration of the 1967 Referendum, which celebrated that achievement while recognising we have more to do to ensure our First Peoples enjoy the same quality of life as other Australians;


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