Page 4129 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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Minister, are you aware that research conducted by academics at Griffith University and published earlier this year found that, “The J-SOAP may not be valid for the prediction of sexual recidivism for culturally diverse youth,” and “especially for Indigenous youth”? If not, why not?

MS DAVIDSON: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her interest in youth justice and making sure that we are taking into account all of the most recent academic research out there. The most appropriate way to provide rehabilitative services to young people in Bimberi is something that is constantly being looked at by the staff there and by the policy areas within CSD. I am confident that they are always looking at new research that is coming out.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what is your government doing to help make sure that the use of the J-SOAP does not disadvantage Aboriginal boys in the youth justice system?

MS DAVIDSON: Given your very specific interest in that particular piece of work, it might be appropriate for us to arrange a briefing for you and talk about how we do that particular piece of work.

MR CAIN: Minister, what else is this tool used for in a youth justice context?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you, Mr Cain. You might like to join a briefing with Mrs Kikkert.

Planning—location of residential areas

MS CLAY: My question is to the minister for planning. Minister, I can see that there are a number of dwelling and employment predictions by district included in the district strategies. But when I run the figures, I see that in 2063, most new dwellings—73 per cent—will be outside central Canberra and most jobs—59 per cent—will be in central Canberra. The IPCC has advised cities to co-locate new housing with employment to reduce emissions. This is particularly important in Canberra because most of our tracked emissions are coming from transport. If almost three-quarters of housing is outside the centre of the city, and almost three out of every five jobs are in the centre, how will this co-locate new housing with employment?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Clay for the question. Of course, we are building Canberra’s future as we make these planning changes. Through our changes to the planning system, we are planning for a sustainable and resilient city. Ms Clay is right; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2022 said the following about future planning:

Rapidly growing cities can avoid future emissions by co-locating jobs and housing to achieve compact urban form, and by leapfrogging or transitioning to low-emissions technologies. New and emerging cities will have significant infrastructure development needs to achieve high quality of life, which can be met through energy efficient infrastructures and services, and people-centred urban design …

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