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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 2 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 481..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

who may have had a series of placement changes and need emergency accommodation, who have behavioural disturbances that prevent immediate placement in foster care, or for whom other program options are not immediately appropriate or available; young offenders under a "reside as directed" order under section 47(1)(i) or a conditional discharge order under section 47(1)(b); and young people on bail where no alternative accommodation can be found and placement is on a voluntary basis.

Quite clearly, the interests of the children are paramount. I think the spirit of the convention is well and truly taken up with how the Bureau of Children's, Youth and Family Services operates, and also the way our courts operate in placing children with a variety of problems, be they children at risk, children in need of care, or indeed young offenders or young people on bail. I think Ms Tucker is quite clearly barking up the wrong tree in relation to article 40 of the UN convention.

1995-96 Territory Operating Loss

MR SPEAKER: I present, for the information of members, Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 1997, namely, the 1995-96 Territory Operating Loss, pursuant to section 17 of the Auditor-General Act 1996.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.49): I ask for leave to move a motion authorising the publication of the Auditor-General's report.

Leave granted.


That the Assembly authorises the publication of Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 1997.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): For the information of members, and pursuant to standing order 83A, I present two out-of-order petitions lodged by Ms Horodny and Mr Hird from 4,000 and 34 citizens, relating to ACT Emergency Services and euthanasia, respectively.

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