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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3934 ..


Performance audits such as these allow us to see our own processes in a new light and enable the government to continue to improve these processes for the benefit of all. I present the following paper:

Auditor-General’s Report into Single Dwelling Residential Development—Progress report—Statement by leave.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Whole of government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrective Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.22), by leave: I present the following paper:

ACT Whole of Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement—Update—Ministerial statement, 25 November 2014.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

In February this year I advised the Legislative Assembly on the development of a whole-of-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement. I informed members about our vision of a high level agreement that will incorporate a number of the deliverables outlined in existing ACT plans and strategies.

I also described an agreement that would set out the ACT government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans to improve how we deliver health, housing, economic and social services, an agreement that will provide a framework for relations between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the ACT government by articulating the principles of good communication and partnership.

I am happy to report to the Assembly that, as a result of ongoing discussion with the community, the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and other stakeholders have drafted the agreement that has been developed and is currently being finetuned. This is a big piece of work for all parties, the community stakeholders and government officials alike. While there have been some delays, the work is progressing well. This is not the kind of thing that should be rushed, and if we all need to take some time to develop a better agreement then I am happy to take the time as needed.


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