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have arranged for work to be done to ensure our preparation for this major disruptive impact. There will be profound changes, with impacts across all areas of government and society.

I will ensure that we are well positioned to be able to move through this time in a way which values and supports older Canberrans. This will include areas such as affordable and accessible health care, housing and homelessness services, public and community transport services and recreational activities. Drawing from the wisdom and the experience in the ministerial advisory councils and beyond in the community, I will ensure that we have the right people‐centred, wraparound services for veterans and their families, paying particular attention to the needs of young veterans who are leaving the Australian Defence Force and requiring support to transition to the next phase of their life.

Across each of my portfolios and in the ways in which I work with my colleagues, I will be progressive, inclusive and people centred. I am delighted at the level of energy across each of my portfolio responsibilities as we get down to the business of government. Together I know that this government and our community recognise the great strengths of this wonderful city. I am committed to the work of making it even better.

I present the following paper:

Portfolio priorities—Minister Ramsay—Ministerial statement, 15 December 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Portfolio priorities

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.54): I rise today to outline some of the key areas I intend to progress in this term of the Ninth Assembly. I am pleased to have a diverse range of portfolios that each has some challenges—for the government, but also for our community. These are all areas where the government can support the community by improving our services and by setting policy frameworks to enable change.

Let me start with climate change and sustainability. As the government’s new Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, I am determined to advance these critical environmental issues. Climate change and sustainability are central issues to the future of the ACT, just as they are to Australia more broadly and, indeed, to the whole planet. Unfortunately, we know that climate change is already underway. We are seeing the impacts even here in Canberra.

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