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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 3801 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

For all of that, Mr Speaker, this budget provides for an improvement against last year's accrual operating result while maintaining and improving services to our community. It provides job opportunities for Canberrans while continuing to meet our election commitments. Mr Speaker, I commend the Government's response to the Estimates Committee report. The Government at least has taken this whole process very seriously. We looked at the recommendations very seriously. I would like to thank Ms McRae and members of the Estimates Committee for the work that they have done on the 1996-97 budget. I certainly commend the Government's response to the Assembly. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Whitecross) adjourned.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (9.24): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion relating to Aboriginal reconciliation and multiculturalism.

Leave granted.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Legislative Assembly:

(1) recognises that Canberra is a multicultural community which places value on the significant contributions which continue to be made to the development of the Territory by all Canberrans, irrespective of ethnic or racial background;

(2) denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of community we are and want to be;

(3) affirms that all Canberrans have full access to the Territory's social, political and economic life regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender or place of birth;

(4) affirms its commitment for the ongoing process of reconciliation and achieving a greater understanding between Australians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and those of non-indigenous background, particularly in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage; and

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