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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 March 2015) . . Page.. 888 ..

would appear there is no bullying, according to this report. There is no example of the type and nature of the bullying. There is no enunciation of how it has been allowed to get there and how it is to be addressed.

We have some fine words and fine recommendations and we are going to get quarterly updates from the minister. But, at the end of the day, we do not know what we are addressing. Unless you know what you are addressing, you cannot fix it. As members of this place, unless we know what the government is addressing, we have no ability to judge whether the government is achieving what it says. That is why this report should be made available, should be tabled in this place and should be discussed so that it does not happen again. Unless we know what has gone wrong, it will happen again.

Question put:

That Mr Gentleman’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Ms Berry

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

National Close the Gap Day

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.36): I rise to note the National Close the Gap Day being celebrated around Australia tomorrow, 19 March. One of the achievements of the close the gap campaign has been forcing governments to commit to targets to achieve equality in outcomes across a range of criteria between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and other Australians. As a result, last month the Prime Minister delivered the seventh annual closing the gap statement, assessing the strategy’s progress and identifying the many areas that need further attention.

Six years ago former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a pledge that the government would lead a new national effort to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It was a significant show of commitment to Indigenous affairs by the federal government.

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