Page 947 - Week 03 - Thursday, 19 March 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Come to order!

Dr Bourke: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Dr Bourke: Mr Hanson has repeatedly ignored your rulings to come to order during question time, including laughing—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Dr Bourke. I have called members to order, I have stopped the clock, and the answer that only Mr Rattenbury will be able to provide will be heard in silence. Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: Given the confusion in the chain of questions, it will be better if I take this on notice, go back and look at Mr Coe’s original question and provide an answer to members on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, have you received any feedback from operators about the actual cost to business of administering the inspections?

MR RATTENBURY: I cannot recall any, but I will check my records and provide a confirmed answer to Mr Wall and the Assembly.

Community services—social inclusion

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality. Minister, could you outline the importance of social inclusion and equality as underlying principles in the work of this government?

MS BERRY: Thank you to Ms Fitzharris for the question. The principles of social inclusion and equality are at the heart of the work we do as a government. At its simplest, social inclusion occurs in a community where people feel valued, where differences are respected and where they experience equality with others in their community. It is about freedom for all Canberrans to belong and get involved in the communities they choose.

While Canberra is ranked highly in terms of jobs, income, health, access to broadband and education, safety and civic engagement, we know that there are people who face unfair challenges in their daily lives. We know that there are Canberrans who do not or cannot access the high quality education, health services and transport of our city and who battle daily with stigma, isolation or denial of rights. These people are left out and, in the worst instances, pushed out of the life of our community.

For me, there are three key things that we need to do to respond: we support people experiencing social exclusion; we listen and value their experiences; and we let their experiences shape our community’s and the government’s responses to exclusion. As

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