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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3099..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker; I appreciate it. Minister, in acknowledging that there are some people in the sector who are very concerned about services for autism and children suffering from autism, can you tell us what relationship you are trying to forge with that community to provide those services for them?

MS BURCH: Providing better support to families with autism is a priority for this government, which is why we have committed over $400,000 over four years to create a designated coordinator that will work within the community sector and work for and alongside families with children with autism. That support will help them to navigate and coordinate through the multiple levels of service, through those private clinicians that are in the ACT, in response to the multiple commonwealth programs that are available, and also to those programs that we have available here in the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: If there are no further questions—

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, I have miscounted, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: No, I am just having another. Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services—

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Smyth, you had a question without notice.

MR SMYTH: Standing order 113A says:

Questions without notice shall not be concluded until all non-Executive Members rising have asked at least one question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, you are correct, Mr Smyth.

Childcare—places

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Minister, what consultation took place with the John Flynn group about the government's intentions that a childcare facility would be incorporated into the refurbishment of the former Flynn primary school, and when did that consultation take place?

MS BURCH: I will have to check the date in my diary when I met the John Flynn group and we discussed their proposals and their interest and their wants of the site, and certainly childcare. The last time I spoke with the John Flynn Community Group, their president, their secretary, the various spokespeople involved in the group, we agreed wholeheartedly that childcare on the site was an agreed and positive outcome.

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


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