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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2896..


The concern that was expressed was that if people are turned away they may then be reluctant to use the service again. I think everyone recognises that it is a difficult job in running this sort of service because there are gaps in the accommodation that is required. However, this is something that the committee expressed a desire to have a report on, so that we can make sure over time that this service is providing what it is meant to do—providing housing for people who are in the greatest need, particularly if it is in an emergency situation.

The committee also recommended that community organisations be provided with data from FirstPoint on a regular basis. Ms Hunter and I asked a number of questions about this in the hearing. Again we want to make sure that the services out there which are providing the services are provided with the data that is coming through FirstPoint so that they know about the need that is occurring in the community as well.

In recommendation 14 the committee recommended that the older persons assembly become a regular event, with the timing to be determined in consultation with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing. I know the minister, Ms Burch, has already indicated that there is a willingness to have this as a regular event, which is good to see. It is something that the committee wanted to note. I know that the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing had a very strong engagement with the original older persons assembly and led that process. The recommendation is that they be consulted in terms of the timing of that.

Again I do thank all the committee members and the secretaries involved, and the directorate for coming and appearing before the committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Estimates 2012-2013—Select Committee

Amendment to resolution

MR BARR: (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Economic Development, and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (5.30), by leave: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 29 March 2012, relating to the establishment of the Select Committee on Estimates 2012-2013, be amended by adding after "Appropriation Bill 2012-2013"in paragraph (1), ", the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2012-2013".

In doing this, I understand that there was an oversight in the original resolution in that it perhaps was not anticipated at that time that there would be an Office of the Legislative Assembly appropriation bill—

Mrs Dunne: I think even Mr Smyth wasn't that prescient.

MR BARR: Indeed. So, in that context, we believe it is appropriate that the appropriation for the Legislative Assembly go through the estimates process. This


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