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best of the Canberra community through highlighting community groups, clubs, organisations, schools and social groups in the ACT—a real demonstration of the social cohesion that exists in our city.

The ACT government also provides funding for community language schools so that members of the multicultural community can teach their respective culture and language. Last week I had the opportunity to announce the recipients of the 2004-05 multicultural radio grants. The 2004-05 multicultural radio grants, totalling $100,000, are aimed at assisting multicultural broadcasters in undertaking multilingual programs on the two multicultural radio stations, 2XX and CMS. This grants program provides financial support to many community broadcasters, among other things, who, in turn, provide key information in different languages to those Canberrans whose first language is not English, therefore contributing towards alleviating isolation within our community. This year, 42 organisations received grants to continue development of innovative projects that contribute to sustainable communities by highlighting cultural diversity and social harmony.

Finally, I am pleased to advise that the new multicultural centre is on track to be completed by the end of November, with the peak multicultural organisations and those from the new and emerging communities accommodated in December. This represents the fulfilment of the Stanhope government’s election promise to Canberra’s multicultural communities.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Health—elective surgery

MR CORBELL: Further to a question in question time today by Mrs Dunne, in which she asked me about elective surgery, I will provide some additional information for the information of members. At the end of June this year, there were 4,645 people on the ACT public hospital elective surgery waiting list. In 2004-05, 8,369 people received elective surgery. This is the second highest number on record. The highest ever on record was in 2003-04 when 8,435 people received elective surgery.

Quamby Youth Centre—human rights audit report

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (3.24): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Human Rights Act, pursuant to subsection 41 (2)—human rights audit of Quamby youth detention centre, dated 30 June 2005 (prepared by the Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner).

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the publication of the audit.

Leave granted.

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