Page 1691 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 June 2022

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ACT community; and to strengthen the ACT as a welcoming and inclusive community for all.

Madam Speaker, thank you for allowing me to share the journey so far in developing our new Multicultural Recognition Act. The draft bill will be available online today, and translated resources will be available early next week. This marks the beginning of a community consultation process over more than six weeks. The consultation process includes targeted consultation and opportunities to provide feedback through submissions, as well as through two face-to-face and two online sessions. Information about how to participate will be made available on YourSay.

As part of this consultation, we are asking the community to consider: the values and principles expressed in the draft multicultural charter, which I have shared today; how the Multicultural Advisory Council can best represent Canberra’s culturally and linguistically diverse community; and the proposed public reporting and accountability measures for our public authorities.

The consultation sessions will be supported by the Multicultural Advisory Council and representatives of the ACT Human Rights Commission and the Legislation, Policy and Programs team from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. They will be present to answer questions about the relationship between the Multicultural Recognition Act, the Human Rights Act 2004 and the Discrimination Act 1991. I encourage all members to engage in the process by promoting the consultations through your networks.

Following consultation, we will update the draft bill to reflect the feedback we have received. The draft bill will then be considered by cabinet, before being presented to the Assembly by the end of 2022. This is a critical opportunity to define a vision for our growing city as a place of welcome, a place of inclusion and a place of belonging for years to come.

I present the following papers:

Multicultural Recognition Bill 2022—Exposure Draft.

Multicultural Recognition Act—Ministerial statement, 7 June 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 17

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (10.36): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 17, dated 6 June 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

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