Page 3023 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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(c) that the Budget includes a number of increased support payments, rebates and new initiatives as part of the Targeted Assistance Strategy including changes to the utility rebate, no interest loan scheme, secondary bursary scheme and flexible arrangements for the payment of parking and traffic infringements to support Canberrans facing financial pressures;

(d) that there will be $3.2 million for further health services for women, children and young people, including community based care, outpatient services and paediatric inpatient services at The Canberra Hospital;

(e) the expansion of accessible and free nurse-led walk-in centres to Belconnen and Tuggeranong;

(f) that there will be $11.2 million to further support non-government school students with disabilities, students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with a low level of English language proficiency;

(g) the support for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through initiatives such as Community Helping Aboriginal Australians to Negotiate Choices Leading to Employment and Success;

(h) further support for government school students in this Budget including initiatives such as Canberra College Cares;

(i) that eligible Canberrans through the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia, will be provided with individual support and assistance to meet their needs and assist them to live fulfilling and productive lives;

(j) the Government’s support for innovative affordable housing schemes such as the CHC Affordable Housing initiative;

(k) the introduction of further tax reforms including a progressive rates system; and

(l) the revitalising of shopping centres, new drinking fountains and barbeques in recreational areas, design of new walking and cycling infrastructure and upgrades to skate parks which will contribute to Canberra being a more active and vibrant community; and

(2) calls on the Government to continue examining ways in which we can ensure that we have an inclusive and fair society which creates opportunity for all members of our community.

I move this motion today to draw the Assembly’s attention to the government’s priorities in the 2013-14 budget, and indeed for this parliamentary term. The 2013-14 budget sets out the government’s direction for this parliamentary term, our commitment to transforming Canberra into a city that is liveable, healthy and smart, a city of opportunity, fairness and urban renewal, a city with a strong and growing economy. We have prioritised health, education, DisabilityCare, tax reform and better government services. We have clear priorities to deliver, which include several key initiatives: capital metro, the city plan and city to the lake; and digital Canberra.

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