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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3480..


the same thing, shows just how disengaged this woman is from this very important issue.

I see this as a very positive step for the implementation of the recommendations. It does not mean that the members of this Legislative Assembly have to own every one of those recommendations; there will be some that all members will have concerns about. Ms Hunter has highlighted some of her concerns here today, and that is as it should be. We have to have a very positive and active role in ensuring that this process is not let go until we have a much better system.

The other issue that I want to comment on from this minister, which I think is a disgrace, is where she said basically that in relation to anyone who has actually made it through the front gates of Bimberi we have just about given up on them—that they are too far down the track. That is a disgrace. It is a shame that the person responsible for the young people in this place has basically said, "These people are beyond it and we should concentrate our efforts elsewhere."I believe that we should concentrate our efforts on prevention. No-one disagrees with that. But we have responsibility for these young people. This minister is the person charged by the ACT to look after these people, and she basically said today that they were a dead loss. That is a disgrace. That is an absolute disgrace.

It being 45 minutes after the commencement of Assembly business, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 77. Ordered that the time allotted to Assembly business be extended by 30 minutes.

MRS DUNNE: I think it is time to conclude. I do thank members and I thank Ms Hunter particularly for her participation in this debate. I look forward to a timely report from the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs. I look forward to their recommendations about how we carry this forward and I hope that we will have a successful and ongoing collaboration in the area of youth justice in this Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Report 11

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.58): I present the following report:

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 11—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No 302—Community Facility Zone, dated 6 July 2011, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.


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