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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4293..


Where The Office for Children Youth and Family Services is aware of current family court proceedings, intervention in those proceedings as an alternative to care and protection proceedings, can occur depending upon the nature of the care and protection concerns.

If a child is removed from one parent and the other parent is willing and able to provide for the care and protection of a child, legally there is little choice but to place the child in the alternate parent's care. Where this occurs the parent is advised that they should take the matter to the family court to vary the family law orders.

On other occasions we will take action, removing children from a parent who has a family law residence order and place the child with the other parent under care and protection orders. Again this is done where the assessment is that the children are at risk with one parent but not the other and is specifically recognised as a possibility under the Family Law Act.

Prisons—educational facilities

(Question No 1424)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 November 2006:

(1) Was the need for educational facilities fundamental to the design process of the new Quamby centre;

(2) Were staff of the Department of Education and Training invited to comment on and contribute to the design of the educational facilities; if so, when;

(3) On what elements of the design was their contribution sought.

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

(1) Yes.

(2) Staff of the Hindmarsh Education Centre and Department of Education and Training have been involved in the stakeholder meetings since the inception of the project. They have attended site inspections of other jurisdictions and have provided input to the user requirements brief and made comments on the design at workshops and meetings as the design has evolved. Workshops and meetings with education staff were held December 05, February 06, July 06, August 06 and November 06.

(3) The focus of their comments has been the education facilities. They have also made comments on location and site planning, access to recreation facilities and relationships with other areas and facilities.

Hospitals—visiting medical officers

(Question No 1425)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 12 December 2006:


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