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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4739..


MR SPEAKER: Certainly, Mr Smyth. I have reflected on the comments that you made yesterday as well, and I think that you have a fair point. Certainly, that word will be considered unparliamentary in the future. Members will be asked to withdraw it. In Mr Stanhope's absence, I do trust that one of his colleagues will reflect that ruling to him on his return.

Mr Hargreaves: Consider it done, Mr Speaker.

Personal explanation

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): I have one small correction to make to a comment I made during the speeches on the disability motion that I put. I mentioned during my speech that I met with the department on 3 September. In fact, it was on 2 September. I just make that point.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 1112

MR SESELJA: Under standing order 118A—I apologise; I do not have the number of the question—I raise a matter with Ms Burch. On the notice paper yesterday there was an outstanding question that I had asked, and I think the answer is about a month overdue. It is the only question I have outstanding from you, Ms Burch. It is in relation to loans and liabilities of your department.

MS BURCH: I am sure I signed that off just yesterday, so it is probably on its way to you. If not, I will follow it up, Mr Seselja.

Young people transitioning out of care

Paper and statement by member

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens): I seek leave to present a paper entitled Strengthening our support of young people transitioning out of care: a new framework and to make a brief statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS HUNTER: I present the following paper:

Strengthening our Support of Young People Transitioning Out of Care: A New Framework—Discussion paper, prepared by Meredith Hunter, ACT Greens MLA, dated October 2010.

I am very pleased to be presenting this paper in the Assembly today. It is a paper that I launched a few weeks ago now and it is about an issue that is very dear to my heart—to ensure that we do the best we can by our young people who, for one reason or another, have ended up in the care and protection system, in out-of-home care, and who need not just support up to the age of 18 but ongoing support into adulthood to assist them to achieve in areas of education, training, seeking employment and


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