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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1752..


MRS JONES: Today in question time it was asserted that a question that I asked referred to the employment of eight new parking inspectors. I meant to say that, in order to fix the parking issues on the nature strips, what we need are eight new police officers—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, this is not a matter to be raised under standing order 46.

MRS JONES: on the streets of Narrabundah to catch the tyre slasher.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mrs Jones. You can use the adjournment debate. Do not abuse the standing orders.

Disability services—providers

MR WALL (Brindabella) (3.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the ACT Government will withdraw from providing services that will be met by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), including early intervention and therapy services for pre-preschool age children, from the end of the 2014 school year;

(b) the level of anxiety amongst parents, carers, teachers, therapists and advocates about what services will be operational by the end of the 2014 school year to replace existing early intervention and therapy services;

(c) that the ACT Government has failed to provide adequate assurances to families affected by the changes to early intervention and therapy services;

(d) that the ACT Government has failed to detail how early intervention services will be provided in 2015 after the Government closes the existing services; and

(e) that the ACT Government has received $12.5 million in Commonwealth funding to develop the market and build capacity among non-government service providers in the lead up to the commencement of the NDIS trial; and

(2) calls on the:

(a) ACT Government to continue to provide services through Therapy ACT and DET, including early intervention services for a further 12 months from December 2014, or until adequate replacement services are fully operational, before withdrawing from its role as a service provider; and


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