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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (19 November) . .

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Project Work Completed City/Northbourne Urban Design Framework Draft framework completed Gungahlin Drive Widening - Design and Construction Construction started Well Station Drive Park & Ride - Design Design complete Northbourne Corridor Utilities Master Plan - Study Study 80% complete Dickson Bus Interchange - Design Design 75% complete Civic to Gungahlin 3D Digital Survey Survey 95% complete Northbourne Corridor Active Travel Improvements - Design and Construction Design 85% complete Gungahlin Bus Interchange - Design Design 75% complete Active Traffic Monitoring - Design and Construction Design complete - Communications installation progressing Northbourne Avenue Refurbishment Precinct - Design and Construction Design 75% complete

Children and young people, adoptions (Question No 508)

Ms Lawder asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 27 October 2015:

(1) How many local adoption orders were made in the ACT court system in (a) 2013-2014 and (b) 2014-2015.

(2) How many applications for local adoption orders in the ACT court system (a) are ready to be lodged and (b) have been lodged.

(3) Does the 11 week timeframe that Minister Corbell spoke about in the Assembly on 16 September 2015 encompass the time from when a local adoption order application is lodged in the ACT court system to when a judge makes an adoption order; if not, please specify what this 11 week timeframe encompasses.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) Three local adoptions were finalised in the Supreme Court in financial year 2013-14. A total of three applications for local adoptions were lodged that year.

(1)(b) Eight local adoptions were finalised in the Supreme Court in financial year 2014-15. A total of eight applications for local adoptions were lodged that year.

(2)(a) This is not within the knowledge of the Supreme Court or portfolio responsibility of the Attorney-General.

(2)(b) As at 30 October 2015, two local adoption matters have been lodged in 2015-16. The first, an application to dispense with consent, was finalised on 26 October 2015. The second, an application to dispense with consent and an adoption matter, is scheduled to be finalised in mid-November 2015.

(3) The 11 week timeframe broadly encompasses the time from when a local adoption order application is lodged in the ACT court system to when a judge makes the adoption order.


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