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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . . Page.. 1332..


MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, considering the angst, levels of concern and anger from the youth sector, have you considered that this whole process is flawed and needs serious reconsideration?

MS BURCH: I would not accept that there is angst or a flawed process. I have spoken to the peak bodies, the Youth Coalition and the family peak body group, who recognise the challenges in a retender process of a program that has not been changed, I think, since its inception and implementation. So whilst we recognise these challenges, all of those organisations recognise the opportunities. I have spoken to a number of providers that are forming partnerships that they have not considered before, and they are quite pleased with an opportunity to have partners and programs aligned under the new program.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, does the development of the practice framework being done by the single-select tender at Families ACT for $120,000, due to be finished by December 2011, have anything to do with delay?

MS BURCH: It is certainly not, to my knowledge, the cause of the delay. As I have said, there has been some internal change to the tender process, the tender panel, which has resulted in that delay. I am pleased that we have provided the organisations with adequate notice and transition at the end of the selection process.

MS LE COUTEUR: Supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, are you satisfied that the consultation process on the youth and family service delivery framework was appropriate considering how it engaged with the regional community services and yet neglected to engage with the other 50 or so youth and family agencies in the ACT to the same extent?

MS BURCH: I thank the crossbench for their interest in this program. The youth and families program has been part of an 18-month-plus ongoing consultative process. There have been discussion papers, there have been draft frameworks, there have been industry meetings and debriefings. There has been enough consultation process around this and, as I have said, I have spoken to organisations, peak bodies, that, whilst recognising that challenges have changed, have embraced the opportunities available in this.

Climate change—impact assessment tool

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister and concerns the climate change impact assessment tool for use in assessing whole-of-government triple bottom line accounting. Chief Minister, what progress has there been in the


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