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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 738..


I have been advised of the excellent work you are doing at the Centre with the students and I appreciate your commitment to ensuring these young people develop skills that will contribute to a successful return to the community.

MS BURCH: Yes, I am indeed aware that my colleague Minister Barr did send on that letter but, as I have said to Mr Seselja, there are some questions I need answered and that is what I have asked for.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why was this trainer never asked to produce any identification evidence before commencing duties at Bimberi and why did he never receive any induction training, particularly on OH&S and security protocols?

MS BURCH: I will take that on notice, thank you, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why did it take more than six weeks of attendance at Bimberi before this worker was issued with a personal duress alarm?

MS BURCH: I will take that on notice, Mr Speaker.

Children and young people—LYNX program

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, are you concerned that the LYNX program that has operated successfully for six years here in Canberra providing teen peer support and early intervention services, particularly around suicide, does not meet the new YSP and FSP framework definition for funding?

MS BURCH: The LYNX program has provided valued support to our community over the last number of years but as we have discussed here over a number of weeks now, the youth and family support program, which is out for tender—I think the tender closes at the end of this week or thereabouts—has been a discussion with the community over many, many months indeed.

The alignment of the program still focuses on families, children and young people at risk. So the inherent nature of the benefits of the LYNX program will be captured in the new aligned youth and family support program.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: Minister, in the absence of this important team peer support and early intervention program around suicide, what ACT government services are going to be in place to provide this important service that will now be absent?


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