Page 1374 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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Companion House is funded to work with adults and children who seek safety in our great community from persecution, torture and other war-related trauma. This service provides counselling, migration support and community development for new arrivals in the ACT.

All of these services provide important links to both culturally specific groups and mainstream services in recognition that cultural inclusion is everyone’s business, and should not be the sole responsibility of multicultural-specific services. Collectively, this group of services provides a range of activities and programs aimed at strengthening social cohesion which are delivered through effective partnerships as I have outlined today. As I have said, it is these partnerships that enable barriers to be addressed to ensure equality of access to services and opportunities for our multicultural community.

One of the reasons why I am so proud to have the role of minister for multicultural affairs in this government is that I get to see, each and every day, the wonderful and inspiring work being undertaken through our community to celebrate our multicultural diversity. I am confident that as a community we can lead the nation, not only in our diversity but also in how we utilise all the benefits of that diversity to build a cohesive and welcoming Canberra. I have that confidence because the citizens that make up this great city demand and expect this to continue.

I present the following paper:

Multicultural communities—Funding and support—Ministerial statement, 3 May 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Mr Corbell, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (10.46): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am very pleased to present to the Assembly today the Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment Bill. This bill will place the territory at the forefront of action to address

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