Page 3001 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Wednesday, 20 September 2023
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.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Braddock) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Clay for this sitting due to personal reasons.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028—annual impact statement
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.02): I rise to present the ACT’s 2023 annual report on the National Agreement on Closing the Gap 2020, the national agreement; and the 2023 impact statement on progress under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028, the ACT agreement.
The annual report on the national agreement provides an indication of the territory’s progress in relation to priority reform areas, sector strengthening plans and our Closing the Gap jurisdictional implementation plan. The impact statement provides an update on the Closing the Gap targets. It has been developed to monitor progress against the 10-year ACT agreement.
The annual report forms a critical component of the ACT’s reporting requirements under the national agreement and the ACT implementation plan and delivers on commitments made by the ACT government as a signatory to the national agreement. The annual report also provides an update against how the ACT is tracking in implementing the sector-strengthening plans for the education and health sectors.
The ACT government is committed to self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is an underpinning principle of both agreements,