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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2810 ..

(a) protecting the health of the community through a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic and a significant local outbreak of COVID-19;

(b) running an effective and efficient mass vaccination program to reach as close to 100 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate for the eligible ACT population as possible;

(c) supporting our most vulnerable through the pandemic and its associated economic effects; and

(d) fostering a strong economic recovery to create more secure and well paid jobs, as one of the best ways to address inequality in the community;

(3) further notes the ACT Government is directly addressing inequality and hardship through the pandemic by, amongst other measures:

(a) establishing the largest business support grants program in the ACT’s history to keep local small businesses afloat;

(b) introducing a rental eviction moratorium for impacted residential tenants as well as additional rental support for residential and commercial tenants and landlords;

(c) increasing the utilities concession by over 40 percent, from $700 to $1000 a year;

(d) making thousands of free training places available so that school leavers, the unemployed, and those looking to upskill are able to train for a new job;

(e) funding for community and support groups to keep more Canberrans who are at risk of homelessness, or handling mental health issues, in secure and safe accommodation, and provide the support they need;

(f) investing $100 million to increase and improve affordable and public housing, one of the single largest housing investments in the ACT’s history;

(g) providing additional funding to legal aid and community legal centres to support the crucial services they provide to disadvantaged members of the community;

(h) providing funding to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner to help end the adverse experiences of young First Nations people in ACT child protection; and

(i) providing additional funding to community sector organisations providing emergency food relief for those in need;

(4) further notes, the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement commits the ACT Government to a range of measures to target the complex and intersecting causes of poverty, including:

(a) reviewing and increasing funding for the community sector;

(b) increasing emergency accommodation funding;

(c) expanding specialist homelessness service capacity;

(d) improving the extended care system for 18 to 21-year olds in the out of homecare system; and

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