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recognises the important role that clubs play in the lives of many older Canberrans, and in 2010 we will be building a dedicated premises for a seniors club in Tuggeranong.

Importantly, the plan outlines the key areas where actions will be focussed either through continued, improved or new programs and services or the community action of individuals and businesses. The implementation plan’s first reporting period is June 2011, and, with the assistance of the ministerial advisory council on ageing, progress will be measured through the examination of the WHO checklist and the central features of age-friendly cities. A first step in this process will be a benchmark survey in 2010.

This is the first ACT strategic plan for positive ageing. It is a significant step towards making Canberra an age-friendly city to which others look to as a model. I acknowledge also your contribution, Mr Assistant Speaker, to the portfolio of ageing. I, as the new minister, proudly present the strategic plan to the Assembly and encourage members and the community generally to consider its content and to let it serve as in inspiration to ask what we can do to make this city more age friendly. I commend the plan.

Multicultural strategy 2010-13

Paper and statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Multicultural Strategy 2010-2013.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: It gives me great pleasure today to table the ACT multicultural strategy 2010-2013. The strategy is focused on delivering positive outcomes across the ACT community not only for members of the multicultural community but for the whole community, for we are all enriched when our community celebrates its diversity. The vision of this government, as expressed and celebrated in the strategy, is for the Australian Capital Territory to be recognised as a leader in multicultural affairs and human rights.

I am confident that a great deal will be achieved through an implementation of this strategy. Over the next four years we can anticipate Canberra building on its demonstrated strengths as a dynamic place where all people have equal opportunity to reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of Canberra’s multicultural way of life.

The ACT is a human rights jurisdiction and I am proud to be a minister in the government which enacted Australia’s first bill of rights. What does it mean to live in a human rights jurisdiction? It means that our rights are protected by law. And how

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