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along with the service sector challenges that make seeking support for moderate to severe mental health concerns an issue here in the ACT. I am excited at the potential of the child and youth mental health and wellbeing services network for our service system, but also for the community more broadly, to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of decisions being made to support them in their mental health journey.

I present the following papers:

Understanding the ‘Missing Middle’: Children and Young People With Moderate to Severe Mental Health Concerns who experience difficulties accessing services—Final Report.

Understanding the ‘Missing Middle’—Final Report—Ministerial statement, 3 August 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.11): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity. At its private meeting on 2 August 2022, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the waste management of absorbent hygiene products. At that meeting, the committee agreed to the following terms of reference for the inquiry:

Under Standing Order 216, standing committees can self-initiate an inquiry into any subject area it is given responsibility for by the establishing resolution. On 2 August 2022, the ECCB resolved to:

Inquire into and report on matters relating to absorbent hygiene product waste (including nappies) in the Australian Capital Territory, with particular reference to:

(a) the environmental impacts of absorbent hygiene products across their entire life cycle including single use and reusable nappy types, and to compare these with each other;

(b) the quantity of absorbent hygiene product waste produced, including the methane gas emissions generated by this waste in landfill;

(c) the costs associated with managing waste generated by absorbent hygiene products;

(d) usage of absorbent hygiene products by the community and care sectors, including but not limited to, aged care, disability care, and early childhood settings;

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