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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 August 2016) . . Page.. 2662 ..

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.09), in reply: Thank you to Dr Bourke and Mr Rattenbury for their support of my motion today. There are some things in this place that are not partisan, that are not subject to politics, and I think this is a good example of that.

There are things we can all do on a personal level, as well as in our careers here in this place, to increase awareness of the need for better communication access and take steps to try to apply social inclusion more broadly to ensure education, employment and other involvement for people with disability, to make sure that they are not disadvantaged and they are not discriminated against in any way.

When you give it a try, you find it is not really that hard after all. Many of you will know that I employ a deaf person in my office. It has been a great experience for people who might otherwise not have had a lot to do with a deaf person to understand that there are little communication tips that you can use to make sure that you can communicate just as well.

I wish the ACT Deafness Resource Centre, the Deafness Forum of Australia and all of their partner organisations all the best with the break the sound barrier campaign, with the rollout of Hearing Awareness Week at the end of August of this year and for future years. I look forward to taking part again this year and in the future. Let us hope that we improve communication access all the time here in the Assembly, in the ACT government overall and in our community more generally.

I thank members once again for their support today. I also thank interpreter Mandy for her assistance.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sport and recreation facilities—maintenance

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the 2016-2017 Budget shows that funding for sport and recreation continues to decline in real terms; and

(b) that this is in spite of ground hire charges being increased significantly, the condition of ovals deteriorating and grounds often closed at critical times of the season; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) address the deteriorating conditions at a number of our local ovals;

(b) work with local sporting clubs to better understand their needs including timing of grounds shutdowns and playing surfaces; and

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