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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 230..


Mr Smyth's amendment to Mr Stanhope's proposed amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That Mr Stanhope's amendment, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Mr Rattenbury Mr Stanhope

Noes 4: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Stanhope's amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Children and Young People (Death Review) Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 25 August 2010, on motion by Ms Hunter:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women) (5.51): I thank Ms Hunter for tabling the Children and Young People (Child Death) Amendment Bill 2010, which proposes the establishment of a child and young people death review committee. I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak briefly in favour of the Children and Young People (Death Review) Amendment Bill 2010 and to find a way forward to achieve improved outcomes for the children and young people of the ACT.

Child deaths are indeed a tragedy to families affected and to the community that seeks to assist and support children and families. There is no doubt that we are all touched by the death of a child or young person and when such an event occurs, be it by accident, health or some other cause, that we ask ourselves what could have been done to prevent such a tragedy. Even with the advances in medicine and technology, unfortunately some deaths are not preventable. Preventable deaths become a concern to the whole of the community, especially when it is possible to ascertain that something could have been done to prevent the death of a much-loved child or young person.

Gathering information on child deaths and analysing this information, identifying trends and finding ways to prevent future deaths in a systematic manner is supported.


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