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Tuesday, 18 September 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Multicultural ACT

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. While I am waiting for him to appear I will ask whether the Assembly could welcome Lyneham High School to the chamber this afternoon. If the Chief Minister is not here, is somebody taking his questions for him?

Mr Collaery: I am happy to take questions for the Chief Minister until he emerges from the scrum.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, my question refers to the paper released shortly before the budget and called Blueprint for a Multicultural ACT. I would like to ask: other than re-releasing the decision to establish an ACT human rights commission, what resources were included in the budget to implement the multicultural blueprint?

Mr Collaery: With your indulgence, Mr Speaker, I will just whisper to my leader and pass on the message.

MS FOLLETT: I am happy to ask it again.

MR SPEAKER: Would you re-ask the question, please, Ms Follett?

MS FOLLETT: The question relates, Chief Minister, to the Blueprint for a Multicultural ACT which you released shortly before the budget. I ask: other than restating your decision to operate a human rights commission in the ACT, what resources have you allocated in the budget towards implementing the Blueprint for a Multicultural ACT?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, the provisions in the budget for all kinds of special purposes, whether for multicultural affairs, for the ageing, for the handicapped or for the disabled, are all explicitly stated in the budget and at this point they are merely a continuation of the programs that have been there in previous years. This is a blueprint. It sets the directions for the future and, until we examine these directions in further detail and are able to cost them, it is not possible to make specific provision in the budget for any particular course of action that emerges from it.

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