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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3996 ..


information of government to people who request it without wasting precious resources on administrative processes that do not serve the public interest.

We want to make sure that our freedom of information regime is sustainable into the future and that we continue to build a culture of openness and accountability right across the ACT government. This bill will help to achieve that vision. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Ramsay) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Legislative Assembly—work experience

Women—leadership

MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (3.49): Today I rise to present an adjournment speech written by the youngest member of my team, Wanin Tessema. Wanin has been working in my office this week as part of her work experience placement for St John Paul College in Nicholls. She has been working very hard on a report on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body annual hearings. Wanin has been reviewing and tracking their recommendations to identify patterns and emerging issues.

Wanin has also helped to draft questions on notice for my portfolio of sport and recreation. She has attended meetings with peak bodies, and tomorrow she will be spending the day with me out in the electorate. It has been great having a new member of the team; it has added a real vibrancy to the office this week, and I sincerely appreciate Wanin’s effort and contribution.

Today Wanin has asked me to report to you, Mr Assistant Speaker on an event she recently attended. On 5 September Wanin was a participant in the 2019 women and law enforcement conference in Canberra. As part of the conference they hosted the aspiring young leaders forum where young women in grades 11 and 12 from across Canberra participated. The conference theme, “Collaboration: the future belongs to us”, focused on how leadership can be fostered in young women.

The forum provided young women like Wanin an opportunity to assess appropriate high-level development, inspirational and de-stressing opportunities. The forum discussed issues such as the lack of female representation in the Australian Federal


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