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government’s investment in this space is to ensure that our justice system is the best that it can be.

The government has also progressed a number of other initiatives, including upgrading the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court room to support restorative and effective sentencing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders; funding the Drug and Alcohol Court for a further two years to deal more effectively with offending linked to serious drug and alcohol use; continuing criminal case conferencing in the ACT Supreme Court to confine the issue in dispute and improve overall efficiency; and continuing the Therapeutic Care Court for a further two years to provide intensive management and therapeutic support to parents involved in care and protection matters.

No doubt, there will be challenges faced by the ACT justice system in the coming years. The government will continue to support ACT courts to enable them to be ready to face these challenges with courage and resilience, and to ensure that our justice system is the best that it can be. The investment made by the ACT government in ACT courts, together with the key achievements I have outlined today, demonstrates the government’s genuine and ongoing commitment to ACT courts to ensure that the justice system is accessible to all and protects the rights of those most vulnerable in our community. I present the following paper:

Supporting our Courts to deliver justice for the Territory—Ministerial statement, 6 April 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Disability—government strategy

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (12.01): I am pleased today to provide an update to the Assembly on the ACT Disability Strategy 2021-2031. The ACT disability strategy is the ACT government’s commitment to creating a more welcoming and inclusive society and improving the lives of the more than 80,000 Canberrans who identify as people with disability.

Importantly, it is a consultation which is being led by people with disability, for people with disability. It is based on “nothing about us without us”, which means that any conversation impacting the lives of people with disability must genuinely involve people with disability. This means trust in their voice, their views and their experiences to inform the ACT government’s policy and initiatives.

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