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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3480..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I commend the Small Business Commissioner Bill to the Legislative Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Child protection

Paper and statement by minister

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and Acting Minister for Health): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

The Territory as Parent-Review of the Safety of Children in the Care of the ACT and of ACT Child Protection Management-The Territory's Children-Ensuring Safety and Quality Care for Children and Young People-Audit and Case Review-Government response-Addendum, dated August 2004.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister tabled the published report The territory's children in the Assembly on 3 August. The published report included a new recommendation, recommendation 11.1, which is about implementing the recommendations arising from the audit report. This addendum provides the government's response to recommendation 11.1. The government will undertake further consultation with service providers and carers in relation to the detailed recommendations in the audit report.

The reference groups which were established as part of the implementation team for the Vardon report and which comprise people with child protection experience and practitioners will be involved in the implementation of the audit report recommendations.

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee

Report 3-government response

[Cognate paper:

Supplementary government response]

Resumption of debate from 11 December 2003, on the motion of Ms Gallagher:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No 25, relating to the supplementary government response? There being no objection, that course will be followed.

MR HARGREAVES (10.51): Mr Speaker, I hope that the esteemed reporter from the Canberra Times is listening so that no misrepresentations of the facts will appear in that


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