Page 1009 - Week 03 - Thursday, 23 March 2017

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the three young people there were two youth workers and one of the new staff undertaking a buddy shift.

Mr Steel: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, Mrs Jones just said that the Chief Minister was misleading the Assembly. It is unparliamentary language.

MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear it, but if you did you would need to withdraw it, Mrs Jones.

Mrs Jones: I withdraw.

Greyhound racing—government policy

MR RAMSAY: Further to my response to a question asked yesterday by Mr Parton, I can advise that all of the questions that I took on notice from Mr Parton in relation to greyhounds at the annual report hearing on gaming and racing on 8 March have been responded to. Those responses were received by the committee on 16, 17 and 20 March. I understand that, as Mr Parton is not a member of the committee, he would not have had visibility of this, although I have been advised by Mr Parton today that he has received a copy of those answers. I was, however, in error when I said that the responses were already recorded in Hansard. I wish to correct the record on that matter.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—unemployment

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Yesterday I took a question on notice from Mr Milligan. I gave some further information after question time yesterday, but I realised on reviewing the Hansard that I had taken it on notice to get back to him in relation to the broader question of employment support outside of the ACT public service. I have some further information for Mr Milligan on that.

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs manages an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship grants program, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake study and training, education, professional and personal development.

As I mentioned, the ACT public service has a strong commitment. For example, Housing and Community Services encourage sustainable engagement and participation of specific cohorts in their total facility management contracts. As an example of the way that the ACT public sector is supporting the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in private sector employment, the Spotless contract, for example, in 2014-15 had a minimum target of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment of 10 people.

Over the last couple of years, the CBR Innovation Network created and ran an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business development and entrepreneurship program, which included a yarning circle, some workshops, a promotional video to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in the ACT and a trade show, which I attended last year.

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