Page 570 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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support opportunities for community organisations to develop and implement innovative and original programs to support the health and wellbeing of children and their families in the first 1,000 days. I look forward to announcing the successful grant recipients in coming months and seeing the great work and outcomes achieved through these grants.

If we can improve children’s health and wellbeing outcomes from the very beginning of life, we can shape a fairer and more equitable Canberra, and a community which is culturally safe, connected, healthier and more resilient. That is why giving Canberra kids the best start to life was identified as a priority by the government in the lead-up to the last election, and by the Chief Minister in his statement to the Assembly in February. And it is why, along with the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Early Childhood Development, I remain dedicated to setting out the government’s vision for reform in the long-term while getting on and making changes now.

I present the following paper:

Best Start for Canberra’s Children: First 1000 Days Strategy—Ministerial statement, 22 March 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Personal explanation

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.13): I seek leave to correct the record. The health minister stood up and said that I am welcome to request briefings and have not done that. On 9 February, I requested a briefing on the Canberra Hospital and Clare Holland House, and also a visit to those facilities. And on 23 February, I requested a briefing on the Northside Hospital and a visit to that. So, I would like the record corrected—that I have requested briefings from the health minister in February this year.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.14): I apologise to Ms Castley for my misunderstanding or misrepresentation of that.

Domestic Violence Agencies Amendment Bill 2022

Ms Berry, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and

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