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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1940..


CatholicCare, we have brought in Conflict Resolution Service, to name but a couple of organisations that are now very much at the core of providing youth homelessness services. That is in addition to Barnardos and, as I understand it, Vinnie's, or St Vincent de Paul.

In regard to how the directorate responded to those individual submissions, the directorate has a very open and collegiate relationship with many of its providers in town. It is my understanding that those matters that were raised as genuine concerns were responded to by the department. It is reflected in the final product, and, as I understand it, there were conversations between the directorate and many of the organisations that raised questions that were positive and not always in the negative.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, was any risk analysis undertaken of the new model for the emergency accommodation network and provided to prospective tenderers when it was put out to tender?

MS BURCH: The new emergency network now is being delivered through the Salvation Army and the Canberra Youth Refuge. There has been a new model of service. Indeed, there are now clusters on the north side and the south side. I would say that inherent in making determinations about what was the appropriate model and what was put forward by the Salvation Army—an organisation of high regard—was to make sure that risk was a factor of that.

Ms Bresnan: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, Ms Burch. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Ms Bresnan: Mr Speaker, my specific question was: was any risk analysis undertaken of the new model and provided to tenderers when it was put out to tender?

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, you have the floor. If you can come to the question that Ms Bresnan has asked, thank you.

MS BURCH: Again, I was coming to it. The Salvation Army is now providing the emergency accommodation network. It is very clear in the model that it is delivered and the risks associated with the model that it is delivering.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MS LE COUTEUR: Supplementary.

Ms Gallagher interjecting—


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