Page 304 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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People with Disability, I had the privilege of having morning tea with the nine Canberrans who are settling into specially created ACT public service administrative traineeships for people with an intellectual disability. I say these programs are emblematic of the principles enshrined in the framework tabled today, and they are. It is one thing for a minister or a chief executive to decree that a position will exist for a traineeship to be filled; but without the wholehearted and full-hearted participation of supervising colleagues, the opportunity held out would be rhetorical rather than real.

In particular, I thank the supervisors who have shown a willingness to be a part of these programs. In taking on the responsibility of supervising a trainee, they do send a powerful message within their workplace and beyond. They also demonstrate in the most practical way that the opportunity of creating a truly diverse, respectful and equitable workplace must be seized by each of us, for it certainly will not happen without us. As a large employer, and I hope as a model employer, the ACT public service has a responsibility to this community and I want to see programs like the one I have mentioned multiplied across the ACT public service.

Implementing the framework will be a challenge. It will require us to change over the months. The Commissioner for Public Administration will continue to work with stakeholders to finalise the employment strategies. These employment strategies, targets and action plans are inextricably linked to the realisation of the respect, equity and diversity framework, a framework that will have a significant impact for some individuals and ultimately a systemic change across a whole workforce.


Mr Stanhope, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 20 October 2010, presented the following paper:

ACT Government events and festivals—Loxton Report—Government response.

Mr Stanhope presented, on behalf of Ms Gallagher, the following paper:

ACT Asbestos Management Review—2010, dated 1 September 2010.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile 2010—December quarter.

Mr Barr, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 27 October 2010 regarding the provision of a swimming pool in Gungahlin, presented the following paper:

Gungahlin Leisure Centre Feasibility Study—Interim report, dated February 2011.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—human rights breaches

MS BURCH: Yesterday, Ms Hunter asked me a question without notice about the Human Rights Commission and the use of restraints. I understand that referred to an

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