Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 82 ..
there is no separate category for disability, no mention of a disability employment strategy and no mention of support for disability advocacy groups. Minister, why not?
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. I am very glad to hear that there are many members of our Assembly who care as much as we do about the needs of people with disabilities, making sure that they have access to everything that they need to live full and meaningful lives.
We are actively working to make sure that all services are accessible and meet the needs of people with disabilities, and there are a range of ways in which we are working on that. That includes looking at the Disability Justice strategy, it includes the disability reform program—
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order of relevance, the question was very specifically: why is there no mention of all this work that the minister is referring to now in the governing agreement? Why was it not in the governing agreement? That is the question.
MADAM SPEAKER: The assistant minister is explaining what is in the government’s agreement and aspects that are being covered. Ms Davidson, you have the floor.
MS DAVIDSON: I think what you are really looking for there is a little more detail about perhaps why I do not have a longer title. In any case, I can assure you that we are looking quite specifically at the needs of people with disabilities, in the parliamentary and governing agreement. That includes looking at issues relating to accessible housing. It includes making sure that they have access to the right health services and, most importantly, that we are working in a way where services are connected and people can have whole-of-life needs looked at that covers housing, health and access to be able to participate in public life and in our community spaces.
MS CASTLEY: Minister, this morning in your first speech—which I enjoyed listening to and congratulate you on—you spoke about the work you have done on issues like you just mentioned: housing, affordability and women’s health. Why then do the Greens make no mention in their policy platform of support for the disability community, other than from a health delivery perspective?
Mr Rattenbury: The question is out of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: The question is out of order because the minister is not responsible for grants policy.
Mrs Jones: On a question of clarification, Madam Speaker, the question was about the Greens’ parliamentary agreement, in her capacity as a minister.
MADAM SPEAKER: The first part of it, Mrs Jones—
Mrs Jones: Yes, but when the supplementary—