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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 4527..


MS LE COUTEUR: My supplementary is: what is holding up the contracts being finalised?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, why was Renewable Processes only awarded the contract for secondary waste, not the main contract, given that they are the local provider which also employs staff with mental health issues?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, how are social procurement considerations taken into account when awarding the contract?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

Children and young people—care and protection

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, in 2004, Cheryl Vardon presented a report entitled The territory as parent. It was a review of the safety of children in care in the ACT and child protection management. It highlighted many shortcomings in that program and offered 47 recommendations. Minister, someone reading the Public Advocate's report into similar matters released last week would be justified in thinking that nothing has changed or improved since 2004. Indeed, that report remarks specifically:

It is interesting to note that the current Policy/Procedure on Placements is dated 2004, and does not reflect current practice.

Minister, why has nothing changed or improved?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Coe for his question. As I mentioned this morning, the majority of the policy and procedure manual is updated, and there is an ongoing process within the department of review and update of those procedures. I have instructed the director-general, who was in the Assembly this morning, to provide the Public Advocate with a copy of the policy and procedure manual that is available to the directorate at the moment.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Coe.


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