Page 2136 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. The report was commissioned by the AFP Commissioner and it is not my intention to publicly release the report at this time.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, does the ACT government support the contents of the report?

MR GENTLEMAN: The government has received it and is currently considering the report. If any concerns arise in that consideration, we will take them up with the AFP Commissioner.

MS CLAY: Minister, to what extent did the government rely on this report to support its decision to increase funding to ACT Policing in the budget?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will not speculate about the degree that the report may have influenced ACT Policing’s advice to government on the budget process. I can say that, by making the largest single investment ever made in ACT Policing, as part of this budget, the ACT government has continued its commitment to enhance community safety, building on the additional 60 personnel provided through the 2019-20 budget.

Budget 2023-2024—disability services

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Disability. I am referring to the news release by ACTCOSS and the joint release by many disability groups through Advocacy for Inclusion, who are reporting that the Treasurer on Tuesday delivered a “disappointing budget for people with disability”, as the Disability Strategy and the Disability Health Strategy, co-designed with people with a disability, are again unfunded in this budget.

Minister, what impact will the lack of funding have on the development and, especially, the implementation of the strategies in the ACT?

MS DAVIDSON: I thank the member for the question. The ACT Disability Strategy, which will cover a 10-year period and has been the result of really extensive consultation that resulted in a listening report that was published earlier this year, is still being co-designed with the community, including Advocacy for Inclusion and many other stakeholders in our community who are real experts in what it is that people with disability need in their lives.

Making sure that we are creating a strategy that includes the voices of people with disability is how we get the right things into our actions plans over the next decade. It is very important that we know what those things are before we assign funding to those things.

We will continue with the normal process of establishing what is in the strategy and what the right actions are with the community and then making sure that we fund those appropriately. But we are not quite at that point yet. We are continuing to work on that.


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