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I have highlighted a number of the key amendments in this bill by way of example. There are a number of other amendments of a minor policy nature which my colleagues have outlined. In summary, I think it is apparent that this bill has fulfilled its purpose in ensuring that ACT legislation remains agile, responsive to changing circumstances and up to date. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Project independence

Ricky Stuart Foundation

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (4.22): I rise briefly to speak on this government’s commitment to disability inclusion. On 20 April this year I had the great privilege of attending the planting day for project independence. Project independence is a unique and innovative program that provides independence and home ownership to young people with intellectual disability. The mission statement for project independence is:

To provide a place of safety for residents to grow their independence both financially and socially with guidance and support whilst living within a sustainable, safe and caring community.

When I was Minister for Disability, I worked closely through the inception and the delivery of this project, and I am looking forward to seeing the first residents move into their homes in Harrison and Latham.

The project independence planting day at Harrison brought project independence closer to the day when the first residents will move in. I met there teams from Bunnings who transformed those newly constructed houses by planting trees, shrubs and plants around the properties, and I was fortunate enough to meet some of the remarkable young people who will be moving in there.

I have been very pleased to have introduced the national disability insurance scheme to the ACT, and project independence builds upon this government’s commitment to and record of delivering the NDIS policy outcomes as well as building upon achievements that have been delivered under future directions towards challenge 2014.

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