Page 3705 - Week 10 - Thursday, 14 September 2017

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The second initiative is the establishment of a cross-government multicultural framework implementation group. The implementation group has met four times to plan and discuss the progress of actions under the framework. The collective work undertaken by this implementation group is showing positive results, with collaborative work across directorates on a number of projects and initiatives to more effectively meet the needs of Canberrans from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Cultural diversity is indeed a highly valued aspect of our life in the nation’s capital. The ACT multicultural framework 2015-2020 serves to build, strengthen and enhance multiculturalism in the ACT community. There is a lot happening in our multicultural city and I look forward to updating the Assembly on further outcomes achieved under the ACT multicultural framework in the future. I present the following paper:

ACT Multicultural Framework 2015-2020—Implementation and outcomes (First Action Plan 2015-2018)—Second update—Ministerial statement, 14 September 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.22): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The bill makes several significant amendments to legislation related to firearms and weapons. This bill has been developed following recommendations made by several stakeholders, including the Firearms Consultative Committee, ACT Policing, the Rural Landholders Association and firearms manufacturers located in the ACT. Like me, these stakeholders share a strong interest in ensuring that the operation of firearms and prohibited weapons legislation remains relevant and workable. And, like me, these stakeholders share an interest in ensuring that firearms and prohibited weapons legislation upholds the underlying principle that firearms possession and use is a privilege that is conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety.

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