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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 2907..


MS BURCH (continuing):

through training and other contingencies and subsidies. As for the absolute dollars, I am quite happy to bring that back.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, will any unexpended moneys from this financial year, which is ending today, be rolled over for the benefit of grandparent and kinship carers?

MS BURCH: I think I am on record as saying that the appropriation will be committed, and is committed, and will be provided to supporting kinship carers.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when will you address the issue of systemic abuse of grandparent and kinship carers and the children in their care by your department?

MS BURCH: I have refuted that comment. But I have continued to work with the kinship carers. I am looking forward to meeting with the kinship carers. I have got a couple of meetings scheduled and coming up and I am looking forward to that so we can continue this discussion. I have also asked my department to give me, line by line, program by program, support activity by support activity, what they are doing to support kinship carers.

I think it is a good opportunity to reflect on the Liberal Party's commitment to kinship carers. I refer them to their election commitment of supporting kinship carers. Whereas we committed $800,000, they committed—

Mrs Dunne: None of which you've spent.

MS BURCH: Are you responsible for this bit, Mrs Dunne, or the blank down the bottom, Mrs Dunne? Not one cent did the Liberal Party commit or have they committed to support kinship carers.

Mrs Dunne: They haven't got any out of you either. Have they got anything out of you?

Mr Hargreaves: Who gets the Mars bar, minister?

MS BURCH: I do not know. I will have to go upstairs and count.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

ACT Ambulance service—concessions

MR CORBELL: In relation to the question I was asked earlier today about ambulance cover, can I provide some more information. First of all, in relation to the commonwealth seniors health card, it is not available to people who receive


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