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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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In closing, I note that the government is acting swiftly to remedy these issues raised in connection with the special interim order scheme and ensure that the legislation can be implemented as intended to better protect victims of domestic and family violence.

I draw to the attention of members that I have written to the Leader of the Opposition and to Mr Rattenbury indicating the government's intention to progress passage of this legislation as an urgent bill during the current sitting fortnight to ensure that these issues are remedied in a timely way. I look forward to members' cooperation in this regard. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting. Youth suicide—proposed select committee MRS JONES (Molonglo) (10.30) I move:

That this Assembly:

(1)

notes that, according to the ABS' last recorded data from "Causes of Death"in 2013:

(a)

a third of young people aged 15-25 who died in the ACT in 2013 died as a result of suicide;

(b)

in 2013, suicide was the leading cause of death of children between 5 and 17 years of age;

(c)

intentional self-harm is one of the top ten leading causes of death in males;

(d)

37 persons died due to suicide in the ACT in 2013, which is a 54% increase on the previous year;

(e)

there was a 13% increase of persons aged 15-19 dying from suicide in Australia in 2013 compared to 2012;

(f)

between 2011 and 2013, there were more deaths by suicide in the ACT than there were in transport accidents;

(g)

intentional self-harm is the leading cause of death among Australian children and young people aged 15-24 years;

(h)

as at November 2014, one child under 18 years of age takes their own life every week, and 18 227 children and young people were hospitalised in Australia for intentional self-harm over the last five years;

(i)

between 50 and 60 children every week are admitted to hospital for self- harming incidents in Australia; and

(j)

there has been a 650% increase in deaths from self-harm, when comparing 12 and 13 year olds with 14 and 15 year olds from 2007 to 2012;


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