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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 480 ..


I warmly welcome the newly appointed Official Visitor for Homelessness Services, Mr Simon Rosenberg. Mr Rosenberg has worked at senior levels of the commonwealth, state and local governments and for community organisations. His most recent roles were the national policy manager for ARACY and CEO of Northside Community Service in Canberra. I have every confidence that he will build on the great work of Ms Lucas, as well as bringing his insights and perspectives to the role.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—report

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.21): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following papers:

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—Report on the outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Hearings 2020—

Report.

Government response.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (3.21): I am pleased to have tabled today the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body report on the outcomes of the Elected Body hearings held from 11 to 13 march 2020 and the government response to the hearings report.

The Elected Body is the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community’s voice to the Assembly and to the ACT government. I welcome the 10th report prepared by the Elected Body on its hearings. I thank the chair and members of the Elected Body for their hard work in preparing this report on behalf of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The report focuses on the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 and assesses what progress has been made on initial priority actions and targets. The report makes four overarching recommendations that are important to all ACT government directorates. It also makes a considerable number of recommendations in relation to specific commitments made under the agreement.

Before addressing some of the overarching recommendations, I would like to take the opportunity to reconfirm the government’s commitment to working in a positive partnership with the Elected Body, to supporting self-determination, and to achieving equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our region. We are committed to hearing and learning from the valuable insights provided by the Elected Body.


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