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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2276..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

budget speech on 4 May 2010, "We expect to maintain the momentum of our local economy"?

Mr Stanhope: The strongest economy in Australia.

Mrs Dunne: So why did you say it was precarious?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Treasurer has the floor.

Mr Stanhope: I said the budget position remains precarious; the economy is strong.

Mrs Dunne: They didn't proofread that one either.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Treasurer has the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: I understand what the Chief Minister was saying. The comments I made around seeking to maintain the momentum of the economy are clearly outlined in the budget that we put together. We put together a budget that, whilst it does have a number of deficits across the forward years, keeps allowing for growth in our services and investment in areas where we can support growth in the economy, and that is largely through our capital works program.

I am not sure what you do not understand here. We will do what we can to support growth in the economy, and there are things we can do to support growth in the economy. But there are risks to the economy and risks to our budget over the short term. I think that all economic analysts would agree with that-as far as I have read, anyway.

Children and young people-engagement

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, could you please inform the Assembly of what the government is doing to engage young people in the ACT?

MS BURCH: As Minister for Children and Young People, I am pleased to inform the Assembly that the government has a strong commitment to engaging children and young people in participation and involvement at both a government and community level. This is in line with the commitments made in the Canberra social plan to invest in children and young people and increase education participation, engagement and achievement of children and young people.

The children and young people of today are the future of our community, and engaging with them and hearing their views is a critical part of planning for the future. We have recognised this by implementing a new five-year policy platform for young people with the launch of the ACT young people's plan. We engage with children in many ways. Most recently, for the children's plan over 850 children, families and professionals who work with children were consulted to find out what they thought would make Canberra a child-friendly city. Of the 850, 725 were responses of children.

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