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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 1982..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

This report card has been developed in collaboration with ACT government agencies, particularly the ACT Human Rights Office. This first report card in the second year of the implementation of the strategic plan meets the commitment to report on the implementation of the actions. I am very proud of the achievements that the ACT government, with strong support from the community, has accomplished in the first two years of implementing this strategy. I would like particularly to highlight the establishment of the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, which opened in December 2005. This facility provides the space and the forum for the celebration of multiculturalism, and harmony in our community, and houses six peak organisations and 24 community groups. The National Multicultural Festival is another major highlight of the report card.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, there are other concrete actions that are outlined in this report card on how the ACT government meets its obligations to ensure that every Canberran is able to participate fully in the life of our community without the fear of racism and discrimination. Examples include the good sports territory program, the employment program for people with a disability, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services, the ACT women's grants program and the access to justice program.

The ACT government places a high priority on the ability of everyone in the Australian Capital Territory to live peacefully and harmoniously and to fulfil their own life goals and ambitions. The ACT government's vision is for people from all cultural backgrounds, whether Australian born or not, to feel safe, secure and welcome in the region and for Canberra to be a place where all people reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of our community.

Mr Speaker, I commend the report card on facing up to racism to the Assembly.

Paper

Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

ACT mental health strategy and action plan 2003-2008-mid term progress review, dated April 2006.

Indigenous education

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo-Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members and in accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of 24 May 2000, as amended on 16 February 2006, I present the following paper:

Indigenous education-eleventh six monthly report-1 January to 31 December 2005.


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