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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1939..


MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: I have finished my answer, thank you.

Youth—homelessness services

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and relates to youth housing and homelessness. Minister, in a briefing with the Community Services Directorate in March 2012 I was advised that a log had been kept of concerns raised by participants during the recent modernising youth housing and homelessness consultations and ways that the Community Services Directorate had either answered or addressed these concerns. Minister, did the directorate keep a specific register of the concerns raised and ways that they were either answered or how these concerns were addressed?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question. I am aware that you did raise this in the briefing with the directorate. It is my understanding that you were also informed that the directorate in this broad consultation, as we went through the change in youth homelessness, rightly invited comments and submissions back from the community sector. They were received and they would have been retained and considered in the ultimate consideration about how that model was to look.

Ms Hunter: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I want to bring the minister to the point in the question. My question was: did the directorate keep a specific register of the concerns raised and ways that they were either answered or how they addressed these concerns? That was a specific question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, let us come to the question, thank you.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Let us not argue. Let us keep going.

MS BURCH: I was coming to the question. It was about how the directorate kept carriage and record of those submissions and comments that were provided. Yes, they did. What did they do with those? They considered them in the final product, in the final program, and the result is in the homelessness service that we have today.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Coe, your turn will come in a moment. Ms Hunter, you have the floor.

MS HUNTER: Minister, what were the concerns raised by the specialist homelessness providers, and how were they addressed?

MS BURCH: In the main, most of the comments supported the change that we have undertaken. We have brought in some new providers. We have brought in


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