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Some key issues for the reform process are to ensure that individual needs of people with disabilities are the focus of all government and non-government disability services; that support is effective, as well as being efficiently and economically delivered and administered; that more appropriate, individually tailored support is provided, thereby freeing some resources to redress existing inequities in access to services and facilities which are generally available to the community; and that services are managed as close as possible to their clients, as a means of ensuring that they reflect client needs and can respond quickly to any crises that may arise.

Consistent with the principle that all government programs must operate efficiently and effectively, key changes in the Government's programs for people with disabilities will occur over the next 12 months. I will provide regular information to members on the progress of these reforms and look forward to your support to ensure that every opportunity is taken to include people with disabilities as an integral part of our community. I present the following paper:

Disability Services - Reform, ministerial statement, 24 August 1995.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ministerial Statement

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the Government's outlook for the development of the Canberra region.

Leave granted.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity today to present a ministerial statement on this Government's outlook for the Canberra region and the steps it is taking to make that outlook a reality. Our outlook is for a region that has a competitive edge and outlook in the global economy; a region in which governments work closely together, making our political borders all but invisible to people using government services and to business; and a region in which the quality of our environment and quality of life are values that are protected.

Mr Speaker, it is now well recognised at the local, national and international level that it is regions that are the basic economic building blocks, not States or countries. It is regions which compete in the international marketplace, and for this to occur strong leadership within regions is essential. This Government, in cooperation with the 17 local governments in the south-east region of New South Wales and the New South Wales and

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