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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 3 June 2015) . . Page.. 1935 ..


domestic violence seriously and will contribute to the national campaign to tackle domestic violence. The government will expand capacity for sexual violence crisis services, provide emotional learning programs for children in our schools, and will provide training for teachers and staff on domestic violence issues.

This budget shows that this government is working to ensure Canberra continues to be the most livable city in the world. The priorities of the Chief Minister and this government are to invest in the future of health and education in our city, to encourage renewal in our suburbs and provide a more integrated transport system.

This is a budget that encourages business investment and economic growth. It is a budget that puts people and jobs at the forefront. Importantly, this is a budget that will enhance livability and social inclusion in Canberra, now and into the future. It is a strong statement of values: inclusion, the chance for everyone to get ahead, investments in health and education, generating jobs through our capital works program, targeted investment in our economy and enabling our private sector to deliver the jobs people need to come to Canberra, to stay in Canberra and live productive lives.

Inclusion and social enterprise were key themes at this morning’s Canberra Business Chamber breakfast—from Meyer Vandenberg lawyers, to Glenn Keys, the chair of the chamber, to Susan Helyar. As the Chief Minister said, an inclusive society is the key to our economic success.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.32): I will keep my remarks very brief today as I intend to give my detailed views during my reply speech tomorrow afternoon. Suffice it to say that I will be supporting Dr Bourke’s motion today and I will not be supporting Mr Smyth’s amendment.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts) (11.33): I thank Dr Bourke for moving this motion today and for highlighting the strengths of the budget delivered by the Chief Minister. This is a strong budget from the Chief Minister and I am proud to be part of the team that he leads. This budget invests in those things that are important, that are there for the long term and that will continue to deliver for this town for generations to come.

In my ministerial portfolios, this budget helps to keep our community safe, to promote a vibrant arts sector, to help give our children and young people the quality education they deserve and to give people with a disability the opportunity to participate in our community that they so richly deserve.

I will start with the disability portfolio. The ACT was the first jurisdiction to sign up to the national disability insurance scheme. We will be the first to have our entire eligible community participating in the NDIS. This budget continues to support the ACT’s transition to the NDIS. It also delivers on our election commitment to deliver a new respite property for young people with a disability.


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