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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5921..


ACT Policing's commitment to keeping our roads safe has been demonstrated by the significant decrease in collisions causing injury or death during the 2010-11 year to date when compared with the corresponding period in 2009-10. This decrease has been achieved in part through regular patrols of ACT roads conducted daily by traffic operations, general duty and non-uniformed officers in both marked and unmarked vehicles, and high-profile traffic targeting exercises. However, antisocial driving behaviour, including burnouts and other prohibited conduct, continues to be of concern to police and the public. As such, I understand that ACT Policing is supportive of considered initiatives aimed at reducing this kind of activity on our roads.

The ACT has a good road safety record in comparison to other parts of Australia and the world. The ACT has the benefit of an established and well-designed road system, a general urban environment and a small, well-defined geographic area. Despite this, there is no room for complacency. In the last five years an average of 14 people were killed and 560 injured on ACT roads each and every year.

The ACT government is committed to reducing this level of road trauma and the tragic effects it has on so many Canberra households. Our efforts under the ACT road safety strategy and action plan rely in part on having effective enforcement measures to deter road users from breaking the rules and control repeat and high-end offenders who should not be on the road. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Children and Young People (Transition from Out-of-Home Care) Amendment Bill 2011

Ms Burch, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (11.01): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to be tabling the Children and Young People (Transition from Out-of-Home Care) Amendment Bill 2011. The bill seeks to provide young people in out-of-home care who are transitioning to adulthood with supports and care that many young people in the ACT community receive from their family.

Very early in my time as Minister for Community Services I identified support for young people transitioning from out-of-home care as a priority for action. As I have said, not all young people become instantly wise and mature at 18; some require support from their family beyond this age. Young people in out-of-home care also


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