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

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MRS JONES (Molonglo) (11.08): The Liberals will support the amendment put by Minister Corbell. Most importantly, the matter will be looked into. The exact method by which that is undertaken is not of huge concern to me.

To sum up: I thank Minister Corbell for his input and the information that 10,000 people per year are supported through government agencies in Canberra dealing with these and other mental health concerns and that our suicide rate seems to be around 35 persons per year. Obviously that does not exactly capture suicide attempts or ideation. Minister Rattenbury brought information to the debate about the different services that exist and the community groups that are playing a big part. Over previous Assemblies his party has brought the matter of suicide to the Assembly's attention.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, can I just interrupt you for one second. I believe you have another amendment?


MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Could you move the amendment?

MRS JONES: Just to clarify, we are supporting Minister Corbell's amendment. I have an amendment to the amendment to clarify the reporting date. I move:

Omit "the last sitting day of 2016", substitute "the last sitting day of this Assembly".

Mrs Jones's amendment to Mr Corbell's proposed amendment agreed to.

Mr Corbell's amendment, as amended, agreed to.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Now, Mrs Jones, you can close.

MRS JONES: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Just going back to the track that I was on before, we dealt with the technical side of the debate. I was saying that it was a good thing that Minister Rattenbury's party had brought this to the Assembly's attention in previous Assemblies. I thank him for his contribution to the debate.

I thank Minister Berry for her focus on youth in the debate, in particular her passion for the bi, lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex community. I also suggest that in the matter of youth we should not lose sight of those who are living with disability or who come from ethnic minorities and whose identities are from other differentiated or minority groups. We should also not lose sight of the fact that mainstream young people—whatever you might like to call them—who do not necessarily identify as something different or particularly special can suffer enormously in this area as well.

I believe that as a result of the amendments that we have passed we will be defining the federal government's versus the local government's current state of

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