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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 335 ..

Supporting our vulnerable Canberrans

Our city, and the government, should be judged on how we treat our most vulnerable citizens.

This budget sets out a plan to expand social housing and improve housing affordability over the next four years.

We will strengthen our homelessness and housing services, including expanding the Early Morning Centre to a seven-day-a-week service, increasing emergency accommodation, and improving specialist homelessness service capacity.

We will establish, in close partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled housing organisation.

We will keep working to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have access to quality services and support that meet their cultural needs, by funding early works for the new accommodation for the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation.


Madam Speaker, this is a defining moment in the territory’s history.

Our actions now will determine the speed and confidence of our city’s social and economic recovery from this global pandemic.

Our plan for the territory, so strongly endorsed by voters last October, is set for immediate delivery: protecting Canberrans’ health, rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines, taking action on climate change, protecting jobs, and supporting new industries.

In this budget, the first of five budgets in this parliamentary term, the government delivers what we said we would do. The budgets that follow in this parliamentary term will continue this approach.

As I noted, it is a simple purpose at a difficult time, but one that will ensure that Canberrans can have confidence that this city will emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.

I commend the appropriation bills to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, a Human Rights Act compatibility statement and the following supplementary papers:

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