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$75,000 for design work on a public housing community for elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tenants, along with $404,000 for the implementation of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco control strategy.
Mr Wall: Where’s the bush healing farm?
DR BOURKE: I am getting there. Other ongoing initiatives and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the budget include ongoing support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, the Koori preschools, improving legal aid and dispute resolution, ongoing work on the healing farm and a micro-credit program advice and support service.
Mr Wall: Another 10 years.
DR BOURKE: You may think this is a laughing matter, Mr Wall, but it is not.
Mr Doszpot: We don’t think it is a laugh at all. We don’t think it is a joke. We think it is very important, Chris.
DR BOURKE: Then why are you laughing?
Mr Doszpot: We’re not laughing.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you were.
DR BOURKE: You just did. If you think these are matters that are funny—
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock please. Sit down, Dr Bourke. Members, this is not an ongoing conversation across the chamber. Dr Bourke has the floor. You will remain silent until he finishes. Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. This is an intelligent, responsible budget addressing our current needs and our aspirations for this great city.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (11.33): I thank Ms Berry for bringing this motion to the Assembly today and also indicate that the government will be supporting Mr Rattenbury’s amendments to this motion.
The budget that was delivered yesterday is not only about building and transforming Canberra but also about holding on to the deep convictions of our government: promoting fairness and protecting jobs. The budget not only benefits from the smart economic management of ACT Labor over many years but also creates capacity for the delivery of transformative infrastructure projects and major policy reforms into the future.
The government is committed to creating a city with strength and prosperity for the long term. This is what we took to the last election and what the forward-looking