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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4202..


Long Stay Older Patients' Initiative—Cooperative implementation of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG's) "Helping public patients in hospital waiting for nursing home places"initiative—Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, dated 11 September 2006 and 12 October 2006.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Victims Services Scheme—Review—Final report of the Reference Group.

Administration of Justice—ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile—September quarter 2006.

Multicultural strategy 2006-2009

Paper and statement by minister

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Multicultural Strategy 2006-2009, dated December 2006.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to table the ACT multicultural strategy 2006-2009 today. This document is the result of extensive community consultation and it reflects the strong and dynamic partnership that has grown between the community and the ACT government.

Over the past two years as Minister for Multicultural Affairs I, and indeed the government as a whole, have been listening to the concerns and ideas in our community. From the ongoing series of multicultural community forums, in which I have personally interacted with many, many community members, to the successful multicultural ministerial summit in 2005, we have listened intently to what has been said. Not only have we listened; we have actually heard what the community wants and needs and we have taken action.

I am proud to say that the document I present to you all today will provide a path for our multicultural community for the next three years and beyond. This strategy is testimony to the ACT government's commitment and resolve to further maintain harmony and unity in our community.

The ACT multicultural strategy 2006-2009 was developed to cement the ACT government's strong commitment to the continuing development of our community as an inclusive, harmonious and cohesive society. It aims to set out the key principles for a whole-of-government approach to managing cultural diversity in the ACT; to define strategies that will give expression to the principles and themes that underpin the multicultural strategy; to further develop a framework for ACT government agencies


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