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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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An honourable government would have responded by now and spoken out to condemn the behaviour that came to light as a result of the royal commission into trade union governance. I have called on this government on numerous occasions to distance itself from unions, in particular the CFMEU, but we all know too well the financial support which props up its electoral prospects for this year, not just for Labor but also the Greens. That money comes in bucket loads from the union movement.

It is not just my view but the view of the broad community that now is the time for the Chief Minister to respond to the evidence presented at the royal commission in relation to the ACT construction industry. It is the responsibility of the Chief Minister to send a clear signal that the behaviour of the union movement as outlined in the royal commission is simply unacceptable in the ACT and that the government he leads is independent of union influence and instead represents the interests of all Canberrans.


MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.01): I rise today to talk about the launch of Marymead's new strategic plan last week, on 7 March, which I attended along with my Assembly colleagues Dr Bourke and Mr Smyth.

Marymead is one of those household names in Canberra. It was established in 1967 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The sisters identified a need for a residential care facility for children and families in temporary crisis. Marymead is a well-respected, community-based not-for-profit organisation with almost 50 years of history now in providing a range of support services to children, young people and their families.

Marymead has been providing services to around 1,000 children, young people and young adults each year. Most of the people they work with are vulnerable, with complex needs, including those with disabilities and mental health issues. Marymead works to ensure that children, young people and families, including those who are most vulnerable across Canberra and the surrounding New South Wales region, are well supported through their key life transitions and able to achieve positive life outcomes and live fulfilling, productive and happy lives.

Marymead works to address the complex issues that surround them and affect their lives. They provide short stay accommodation, early intervention, clinical therapeutic services, counselling and education, foster care services and support programs and services to children, young people, their parents and their families. They work to ensure that children and young people are able to achieve positive life outcomes and live fulfilling, productive and happy lives.

Their new strategic plan, covering 2016 to 2020, continues this important focus and celebrates three new major areas of service and achievement for Marymead for the upcoming four-year period: firstly, the commencement of Ricky Stuart House short stay accommodation service to provide respite for families in the region; secondly, recognition of Marymead as a world leader in circle of security counselling for families; and, thirdly, celebration of 50 years of service of the Marymead Auxiliary.

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