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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . .

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Again, this represents not only a new service but an expansion of roles in the non-government sector. Over time, there will be diverse roles: working to prevent children and young people coming into care, reuniting children and young people with their families, and working to get better outcomes for children and young people in care. There will also be training to develop skills and the capacity of the workforce to properly deliver services that are both therapeutic and trauma-informed.

Supporting children and young people in care is one of the most demanding challenges any community faces. It is certainly among the most complex work that any government undertakes. We have certainly made great strides in how we support children in care but it is clear that more needs to be done, and done in a new way. That is why there is so much support for a step up for our kids. We have used our own findings and listened to children, young people, families, carers and service providers to transform the care system. Stepping up for our kids has never been more important and it is exciting to have organisations of the calibre of UnitingCare NSW.ACT joining us in this journey.

Madam Speaker, I present the following paper:

Tender for strengthening high risk families—Ministerial statement, 27 October 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Crimes (Domestic and Family Violence) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 24 September 2015, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.14): At the outset, let me indicate that the opposition will be supporting this legislation before us today. In doing so, we recognise that many of these changes come out of the work that has been done arising from the roundtable that a number of members here attended and reflects the bipartisan support that the opposition has provided to the government on this vexed, difficult and important issue for our community.

Since I last spoke on this issue in the Assembly, it is good to recognise and welcome the significant contribution being made by the federal government to tackle domestic violence—$100 million being provided across a range of initiatives to combat domestic violence across Australia. Locally, we have seen additional funding provided to the Women's Legal Centre. My colleague in the Senate Mr Seselja announced that recently.


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