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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 476..


Amendment agreed to.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra-Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (11.04): I move amendment No 3 circulated on the yellow sheet in my name [see schedule 1 at page 551].

As I said earlier, this is the second half of the amendments that create the requirements for information and personal items to be kept and then provided to the young person or young adult. The amendment creates the entitlement to the information and the process for that information being provided.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 8, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 9 to 12, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Proposed new clauses 12A to 12E.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra-Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (11.05): I move amendment No 4 circulated in my name on the yellow sheet which inserts new clauses 12A to 12E [see schedule 1 at page 552].

This is the last of the amendments that insert definitions into the dictionary to give effect and complete previous amendments that we have agreed to. Just to finish these amendments, they are an attempt to strengthen this very important piece of legislation.

I have had many approaches from young people, foster and kinship carers, advocates and others in the community who have all given the clear message to me that we need to look after young people who are transitioning out of the out-of-home care system. The Greens want a system that is underpinned by the philosophical concept that it is a responsibility of state and territory authorities to introduce legislation, policies, structures and roles that actively compensate children and young people in care for their traumatic pre-care experiences as much as possible and offer them the same ongoing nurturing as typically experienced by their peers who have not been in care.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.06): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name on the pink paper which amends Ms Hunter's amendment No 4 by omitting proposed new clause 12B [see schedule 2 at page 553].

This is a procedural amendment that is brought about by the success of my previous amendment. The previous amendment deleted references to the charter of rights for young people, and new clause 12B inserts in the definitions the charter of rights for young people. As the bill as a whole does not refer to it, it is inappropriate to have it in the definitions, so it is just a consequential clean-up.

Mrs Dunne's amendment to Ms Hunter's proposed amendment agreed to.


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