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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5096 ..


broad range of multicultural communities in Canberra together to engage in discussions about how we can create a more inclusive city. The summit will inform a second multicultural action plan for 2019-20, which will meet the aspirations of the multicultural framework.

From the learnings of the roundtables and the your say survey that took place before the summit—which everyone was invited to, Mr Coe—and from the agreed outcomes of the summit, the ACT government will work with the ACT Multicultural Advisory Council and the multicultural community to develop a second multicultural action plan and build an even more inclusive Canberra.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the noise from my left is quite distracting. Can you please keep it down?

MS ORR: Minister, what were the key themes discussed at the summit?

MR STEEL: As I outlined earlier this week in the Assembly, the first multicultural action plan has delivered some real outcomes. The second action plan needs to continue this work and progress the aspirations of the multicultural framework over the next two years.

With this in mind, four things were established before the summit to assist in actively ensuring that the participants were able to address the multicultural framework objectives. These themes were "Canberra—A city where diversity is valued", "Canberra—A city where everyone belongs", "Canberra—A healthy and accessible city" and "Canberra's future". Together with these themes, participants were asked to ensure that there was a more general focus on social cohesion.

A keynote speaker at the summit was Anthea Hancocks, the CEO of the Scanlon Foundation, who set the scene on how we can work together to build a welcoming, prosperous and cohesive nation.

All summit participants then worked towards achieving outcomes in their workshops throughout the day for each of the themes. I would like to put on record my thanks to all delegates to and participants in the summit and the round tables for their work.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, why are large events like the summit important to building a more inclusive Canberra?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Pettersson for his supplementary. The ACT government is continually working on new ways to consult with Canberrans. We have done a lot of work using deliberative democracy processes to ensure that all Canberrans have the opportunity to have their voices heard and valued.

Discussions at the summit utilised deliberative democracy methods to help guide the discussion on ensuring that Canberra remains a city where diversity is valued and


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