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Tuesday, 7 June 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal Country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal Country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

ACT Youth Assembly report—government response

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.01): Madam Speaker, thank you for the chance to table in the Legislative Assembly today the ACT government response to the 2021 ACT Youth Assembly Our Voice, Our Impact report.

Every young Canberran should have the opportunity to contribute to and participate in policy and program discussions that affect them. Members may recall that in June last year young people from the ACT participated in the ACT Youth Assembly, which took place at the Australian National University.

The ACT Youth Assembly is an activity under the ACT government’s Youth InterACT initiative, a youth participation and engagement strategy. Youth InterACT encourages participation by young Canberrans and provides opportunities for them to contribute to policy and program discussions on matters that affect them. The Youth Assembly is a deliberative democratic process designed to draw out key ideas and policy recommendations.

The goal was also to encourage the direct participation of young Canberrans aged 12 to 25 in discussing four contemporary issues. The Assembly provided young people with a platform to speak on issues that are important to them, to ensure that a broad range of views were represented and heard. The four issues each had its own forum. The inclusive society forum aimed to explore safety, discrimination, culture and identity for young Canberrans. The forum facilitators collaborated with young people on factors that impact on social interactions, their experiences and their

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