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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 May 2015) . . Page.. 1526 ..

Community feedback reiterated the importance of early childhood development, educational and employment pathways as a key to supporting students in schools as they transition to paid work. As we improve these individual areas, we will build strong families and realise our shared vision of equitable outcomes. The completed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement encapsulates our shared commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the community and their organisations to develop the opportunities, knowledge and skills to build an empowered, resilient and sustainable future. For members of the community to see their words and ambitions incorporated into the body of the agreement and for their visions of the future to be reflected in the statement of commitment to reconciliation is another powerful and empowering part of the document.

We are proud of our record of the achievements we have made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community. It is continuing through a range of important initiatives being progressed, including updates to the Human Rights Act to recognise the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as we have debated today, and the renewal of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice partnership soon to be formalised by the Attorney-General and the elected body.

I commend this whole-of-government agreement to all members and look forward now to working across the government with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, in the spirit of partnership, to deliver on its objectives.


Ms Burch presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Financial Management Act—

Financial Management (Directorates) Guidelines 2015 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2015-66 (LR, 6 May 2015).

Financial Management (Territory Authorities) Guidelines 2015 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2015-67 (LR, 6 May 2015).


Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Madam Speaker has received letters from Dr Bourke, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Hanson, Ms Lawder and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Dr Bourke be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of a well-funded health system in the ACT.

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