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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3238..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

There are always going to be problems with institutions for juveniles; some of the most difficult and troubled youth imaginable are in them. But a lot of work can be done to ensure that they come out a lot better than when they went in. Some of the programs that are available now, with their concentration on education and vocational education-like the 1,000 hours of CIT vocational training per year-help immensely in assisting the rehabilitation of these very difficult young people.

There was a bit of controversy over where Quamby should sit. Until August 1999, it sat in the Children's, Youth and Family Services Bureau; it now sits with Justice and Community Services. The coroner has expressed quite a clear view, a view that would probably be accepted by most people I talk to in the legal fraternity and verified by the committee too. It is a view that was around the courts. The main thing, regardless of where it sits, is that the programs are effective, the staff are well trained, the leadership is effective-which it is-and the place is moving forward. That is certainly the case.

I have not looked at the committee's report in any great detail, but I think we can all be very happy with the giant advances made in Quamby. We still hear of occasional trouble there; one has to expect that in an institution like that. But the institution is much more physically secure than it was when it was first built and, in its operations, is a far better place than it was six or seven years ago.

I conclude by thanking everyone who has played a role in this. I thank John Hargreaves for his comments and, again, offer my congratulations to Frank, Charlie and everyone out there on a good job.

MS TUCKER (11.02), in reply: Mr Speaker, I just want to thank Judith Henderson; I omitted to do that. This is the last inquiry and report that we will produce as a committee, and I want to put it on the record that Judith Henderson has been a fantastic secretariat support for this committee consistently throughout this Assembly, as she was in the last Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 75

MR HIRD (11.03): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 75-Section Master Planning for Turner, Sections 46, 47, 48 and 62, dated 20 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This report by my committee is important for two reasons. The first is that it deals with a serious concern of local residents about what is happening within their suburb. In this sense, the report is another demonstration of the local government type of role of my


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