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the same grant in 1991-92, plus indexation of 2.9 per cent, which is approximately $30,000. Additional funding received by the home help service over the past two years has been used to keep pace with determinations made under the Community Services (Home Care) (ACT) Award 1988.

The home help service's committee of management has been advised that, other than the additional funds for indexation, with the difficult financial situation facing the ACT there will be no funds for new services this year. As a result, the management committee decided, on 15 October 1991, to maintain the total hours provided to clients at 2,700 per fortnight. While home help will not be able to expand the service, current clients will be reassessed and new clients will go on a waiting list. Because the number of existing clients changes and because the waiting list has been in operation for such a short time, it is difficult to determine how long applicants will have to wait for assistance.


MR WOOD (Minister for Education and the Arts and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): Mr Speaker, I table the variation to the Territory Plan for block 1, section 12, Forrest - that is, the Canberra Bowling Club - pursuant to section 22 of the Interim Planning Act 1991.

Ministerial Statement and Paper

MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer), by leave: Mr Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to present to the Legislative Assembly the response of the ACT Government to the report of the National Committee on Violence, entitled "Violence: Directions for Australia". The National Committee on Violence was established through joint agreement between the Prime Minister, State Premiers, and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory at talks held in December 1987 on the subject of gun control. These talks came about in response to the nation's horror at the tragic Hoddle Street and Queen Street massacres in Melbourne earlier that year.

The committee was charged with the broad and onerous task of addressing the prevention and control of violence in modern-day Australian society. To reach the point where some workable solutions could be charted, the committee also questioned widely held conceptions about the incidence and prevalence of violence in Australia, and, importantly, probed the causes of that violence.

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