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empowering and responsive, recognising the diversity of seniors and their right to safety, security and informed decision-making; ensuring that opportunities exist for seniors to be socially connected and active partnerships in community life through lifelong learning and social and economic engagement; ensuring that the needs of seniors are recognised by supporting good urban planning for user-friendly environments that benefit all ages; and providing volunteering and employment options for seniors and retirees, including training and/or reskilling options for mature age workers.

As a government we have the responsibility to ensure that our policies and planning for Canberra’s future will provide a solid foundation to construct, support and implement positive change and the social advancement of every older Canberran now and into the future. The framework and the action plan will provide new pathways and a significant catalyst to enhance the lives, employment prospects and social inclusion of our older Canberrans now and into the future. I commend the ACT active ageing framework and associated action plan for 2015-18 to the Assembly.

Multicultural framework 2015-20

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Multicultural Framework 2015-2020.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: I am very happy to table the ACT multicultural framework and action plan for 2015-20. I acknowledge the Community Services Directorate Community Participation Group, who have worked very hard in bringing this framework together. I thank them for their hard work and for their patience.

Recent events in Paris and events all over the world this past year give us cause to reflect on the importance of reaffirming this community’s commitment to diversity. As the Chief Minister reminded us on Tuesday morning, violence such as the world saw over the weekend is an all too common reality. Driven by a desire to create division and fear, incidents like those we have seen in Paris and Beirut offer our small, progressive city a reminder of the weight and importance of our commitment to diversity and harmony.

Here in the ACT we have a very diverse population. The 2011 census showed that 24 per cent of ACT residents, or 86,000 people, were born overseas, representing over 180 countries across the globe. Almost 44 per cent of all ACT residents have indicated that their mother, their father or both parents were born overseas. The

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