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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4700..


MR SPEAKER: Members may have seen a still photographer from News Ltd in the chamber. I have extended permission for photographs to be taken in accordance with the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act.

Report and Statement

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 18 of 1997 of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation and I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: Report No. 18 of 1997 contains the committee's comments on 10 Bills, some coming up for debate in the Assembly this week. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Report on Inquiry into Services for Children at Risk

MS TUCKER (11.03): I present Report No. 7 of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, entitled "Inquiry into Services for Children at Risk in the ACT", including additional comments, and together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

This has been a very important inquiry. There is a perception in many quarters that Canberra is a middle-class, well-educated city. That myth has been well and truly challenged by this report. The reality is that there is an underclass of disadvantaged families and youth in the ACT. There is also an increasing sense of alienation amongst young people. The committee's brief was broad, reflecting the complexity of the area. There are many different government agencies and community organisations providing services in the area, and the issues that impact on young people in the ACT, indeed everywhere, are many and varied.

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