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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5794..


We must plan adequately for respite services and for disability services. That is reflected in recommendation 28, and it is something that was also recommended by the estimates committee. We know each year basically how many people are going to require services. We must ensure we build that into the budget process and are planning for it. It is not a surprise to people; we know how many people are going to have to access services. We know how many children are leaving the disability schools each year, so we must actually plan for this. We must also provide meaningful opportunities for people.

Again, I commend this report to the Assembly. I think it has some very good recommendations, and I will be looking forward to seeing the government respond to them and, hopefully, agreeing to them.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts—report

Government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage), by leave: I thank members. On 19 August 2010, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts tabled its report on the review of the Auditor-General's report No 5 of 2009, Administration of employment issues for staff of members of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

In tabling the report, the committee made no recommendations and concluded that all issues raised by the auditor had been addressed by the government in its submission. Given the committee's report included no recommendations for follow-up and that no further action is required, I advise that the government's position on the matter is as provided in the government's submission to the committee, which was tabled on 17 August.

Kangaroos—cull

Statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage), by leave: I thank members. The motion of the Assembly on 20 June 2010 called on the government to make information about the rationale and conduct of culls available to the community prior to the commencement of culling and to fully examine the feasibility of the commercial disposal of carcases resulting from culling operations. I am pleased today to provide the Assembly with a report on progress to date in relation to both of those actions.

In relation to the first action about informing the community, I can report to the Assembly that the ACT kangaroo management plan adopted by the government in


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