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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (3 August) . . Page.. 3342..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

consideration to the issues of privacy and confidentiality which are the right of all people, including children and young people. The government is implementing the recommendations of the territory as parent report and is consulting with a broad cross-section of statutory and non-government stakeholders through the reference group.

The government works with non-government service agencies to provide care to children and young people unable to continue to live at home. Whilst providing options for children and young people and their families, they also share in the responsibility to improve and promote the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people. This partnership model is a focus of ongoing development.

I wish to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of staff working in these areas of government and community services. Their work is important to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people.

There have been significant changes in service provision for children and young people since the initial government response. The territory as parent report has also promoted changes, and the government is responding to them. Reviews by the standing committee, the commissioner, the review of statutory oversight and community advocacy agencies will further work towards improving and strengthening the provision of services for children and young people.

I thank the standing committee for their work in raising the issues through their recommendations. As the supplementary response outlined, many issues have been addressed or are priorities for the future.

I commend the supplementary ACT government response to the Standing Committee on Community Services and Social Equity's Rights, interests and well being of children and young people report.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Ms Dundas ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following papers, which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting, with the exception of the Attorney-General's portfolio:

Performance reports

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 30A-Quarterly departmental performance reports for the June quarter 2003-2004 for the following departments or agencies:

ACT Health, dated August 2004.

Attorney-General's Portfolio within Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Chief Minister's Department, dated July 2004.

Disability, Housing and Community Services, dated July 2004.

Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Sport Portfolios within the


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