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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2794..


Child protection

(Question No 1510)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) In relation to comments made on Wednesday, 28 April upon WIN TV in the 18:00 news in which you stated that more children in need of care were coming into the A.C.T., could you provide supporting figures to justify this statement;

(2) Why would children in need of care come to the A.C.T. from elsewhere in Labor controlled States and Territories;

(3) Why should the A.C.T. population be obliged to look after children in need of care from elsewhere in Australia.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question is:

(1) (2) and (3)

On Wednesday 28 April 2004 on WIN TV in the 18:00 news I stated that "the cost of supporting those children is increasing all the time." "Those children"referred to the approximately 300 children and young people already in the care of the Department. There was no comment that indicated children in need of care were coming to the ACT from other states and territories.

Workers compensation

(Question No 1511)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) What is the cost to the A.C.T. for the services of the Worker's Compensation Nominal Insurer over the last three years;

(2) Is there a legal panel to provide advice to the Government on claims handled by the Nominal Insurer;

(3) If so, which legal firms are on the panel;

(4) What contractual arrangement is in place between the members of the panel and the A.C.T.;

(5) What was the cost of the services of the panel (a) per year and (b) per firm over the last three financial years and the current financial year to date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There is no cost to the ACT for the services of the Workers' Compensation Nominal Insurer, as the services are not funded through the budget. Rather, Nominal insurer costs, including money paid to claimants and administration costs, are recovered through


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