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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 4184..


Children and young people—care

MR COE: My question is for the Minister for Community Services. Minister, how many non-government organisations are approved as suitable entities under section 53 of the Children and Young People Act 2008 and who gives those approvals?

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that there are 10 at the moment, and the director-general provides that approval.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Minister, is the Community Services Directorate responsible for the administration of the Children and Young People Act 2008?

MS BURCH: Yes, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you expect that the directorate would be aware of the legislative requirements of the act, particularly in relation to the approval of service providers as suitable entities under the act?

MS BURCH: I would expect the director-general and the department to be.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how could it occur that the directorate responsible for the administration of the act would make residential care placements of children or young people in the care of the director-general to an organisation which is not approved as a suitable entity under the act?

MS BURCH: It will be reviewed and considered, and I look forward to that report coming to the Assembly here, through you, Mr Speaker.

Transport—public

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, and it is in relation to the bike and ride facilities. Minister, what is the reason for establishing bike and ride facilities in Belconnen and Woden and how does this program fit in the overall transport strategy?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. Of course, the public transport sceptics on the other side of the house laugh at these initiatives, but this is all about providing better public transport services for our community. Of course, one of


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