Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2005) . . Page.. 4050 ..
(Question No 642)
Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:
(1) What meetings has the Minister held with the different multicultural groups that made up the Ministerial Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs (MACMA);
(2) When were these meetings held;
(3) What formal advice has been provided to the Minister by these groups since the disbandment of MACMA;
(4) What was the ACT Government’s response to the advice given;
(5) Has the ACT Multicultural Council (ACTMC) picked up any of the work that MACMA had left; if so, what work is this;
(6) Can a copy of the ACTMC 2005-06 work plan be provided;
(7) How many members make up the ACTMC;
(8) What are the responsibilities of the ACTMC members;
(9) On what dates has the ACTMC met so far in 2005;
(10) What work has the ACTMC predominately undertaken since January 2005;
(11) What formal advice has the ACTMC provided to the Minister since January 2005;
(12) What was the ACT Government’s response to the advice given.
Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Chief Minister appointed the members of MACMA on the basis of their ability to represent the concerns and views of the broader multicultural community rather than on the basis of their representation from particular multicultural groups. However, I have met face-to-face with over 200 representatives from 40 local multicultural communities during the past four months. This has provided me with the opportunity to sit down with the leadership of these groups, including with many numerically smaller culturally based groups, and listen to their concerns. I now have a clearer insight of the issues that confront members of these groups. I plan to continue to meet directly with members of Canberra’s multicultural groups on a regular basis.
(2) 15 June 2005; 6 July 2005; 7 July 2005; 31 August 2005; and 13 September 2005.