Page 1260 - Week 04 - Thursday, 10 April 2008

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This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draw to the attention of the Assembly that:

There is a proposed Development Application (200705930) of 5 new single story units to replace the existing house at Block 6 Section 39 (25 Lind Close Fraser).

The Development Application is inconsistent with the objectives of Area A10 Residential Core as it does not respect existing streetscapes or contribute to the desired future suburban character of the area.

This development application was lodged on the 6 March 2008. It is the petitioners understanding that this application is not compliant with the revised A10 provisions that came into force on 1 April 08.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to disallow the Development Application 200705930.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Bill 2008

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is my pleasure today to introduce the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Bill 2008. The Assembly will recall the unfortunate abolition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission by the former federal coalition government. It was an action that left Indigenous peoples without an elected voice and even further marginalised them from decision-making and political processes.

This is a historic occasion. This is the first such elected body to be established in Australia. It is something of which all Canberrans can be proud. We are motivated to substantially improve the lives of our local Indigenous people and to achieve true reconciliation. As I have commented in this place previously, it is a matter of shame that two centuries after colonisation our Indigenous people remain the most deprived group in Australian society. This is a call to action. I believe that as a small jurisdiction the ACT is uniquely placed to break the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage which Indigenous people suffer. This disadvantage might not be as stark or visible as in some other jurisdictions, but it is real and enduring and it is our collective responsibility. This is why the government supports the establishment of a democratically elected Indigenous body in the ACT.

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