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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2961 ..


Mr Coe: So not altogether?

MR BARR: That is a deferment into the future, and that is available to those who wish to defer the payment altogether for this period of time, and to simply have their rates deducted when they sell their property at some point in the future.

Mental health—efficiency targets

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health: I refer to media reports on 12 July 2018 about the independent external review for mental health inpatient services, which found that the government had set a nine per cent savings and efficiency target for these services. Why has the government set a nine per cent savings target for the adult mental health unit over the two years?

MR RATTENBURY: I will take that question on notice.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why does the government think that a nine per cent saving and efficiency target for mental health inpatient services is appropriate, given that the occupancy rate of the adult mental health unit is over 100 per cent capacity?

MR RATTENBURY: Further to my previous answer, I will provide those details to Mrs Kikkert on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how is it possible that you cannot provide Mrs Kikkert with an answer, considering that this was canvassed in the media in July and it was canvassed yesterday in this place? You asked for a clarification and I gave you a clarification during the adjournment debate.

MR RATTENBURY: I was actually not available during Mrs Dunne's response last night. I would like to consider it before walking into some political trap that the Liberal Party is trying to set for me.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—family services

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, how are the government's child and family centres working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. Over a number of years the ACT government's three child and family centres in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and West Belconnen have focused on engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families through a program called growing healthy families. The program offers a range of culturally safe and responsive services to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families and their communities. Examples of these services are: supported playgroups, women's groups, leadership groups and community activities and events that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, like the Tracks to Reconciliation events during Reconciliation Week.


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