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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 639..

apply for an order by next friend. However, a child may apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order in the child's own right even thought the child is a person with a legal disability.

Commencement of a claim occurs when an aggrieved person (man or woman), or a police officer on behalf of the aggrieved person fills out an application form in the Magistrates Court. On receiving an application for a protection order, the registrar must enter the application into the record of the court and set a date for the application to be returned before the court.

(2) A Domestic Violence Protection Order may be revoked if the Magistrates Court is satisfied that the order is no longer necessary for the protection of the person it protects; or the applicant for the original order applies for a revocation.

The legislation does give children the power, with the leave of the court, to amend or revoke an order either as a party to the order or as someone with sufficient interest in the proceedings. Legal representation is available to a child through agencies such as the Office of the Community Advocate or Legal Aid.

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders-shared responsibility

(Question No 6)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) What work has been undertaken by the A.C.T. Government as part of 'Shared Responsibility Agreement' to boost indigenous wellbeing;

(2) What evidence does the Government have to show that the work undertaken so far has in fact improved indigenous wellbeing.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Shared Responsibility Agreement signifies the commitment of the Partners to the Agreement to explore a range of measures aimed at tackling Indigenous disadvantage.

The Key priorities identified include:

a) Social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being;

b) Culture and learning; and

c) Capacity building for all.

As a starting point, and in response to issue raised during the initial consultation process, the Partners are working to identify and develop culturally appropriate strategies aimed to:

a) Assist people to address trauma, regain confidence, build self-esteem and strengthen cultural identity;

b) Address the deleterious effects of substance abuse;

c) Address the many factors contributing to the over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system; and

d) Address the many factors contributing to the disparity between the educational outcomes of Indigenous people (particularly children and youth), with those of the wider society.

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