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Thursday, 12 December 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to:

That order of the day No. 1, Assembly business, be postponed until a later hour this day.


Report on Behavioural Disturbance among Young People

MS MAHER (10.32): I present the report of the Standing Committee on Social Policy entitled "Behavioural Disturbance Among Young People", together with extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

I feel a sense of relief with the tabling of what I feel is a very important report of the Social Policy Committee's inquiry into behavioural disturbance among young people. Firstly, I thank the other members of the committee - Mrs Nolan, Mrs Grassby, Dr Kinloch and Mr Stevenson - for their contribution. I also thank Mr Wood for all the work he did as chairman of the committee up until June this year. I also thank all those who contributed to the report, formally or informally, especially the young people who spoke to us about their personal experiences.

I wish to acknowledge the work of research officer Anna Pagel; Vicki Salkin especially for her research into youth suicide; and administrative assistants Kim Blackburn, Fiona O'Brien and Brigid Barry for the hours they put into typing and formatting, amongst other things. Last but not least, I express my gratitude to committee secretary Judith Henderson, whose expertise in this area has been invaluable. Her dedication not only to the report but also to the young people in the community in general has been beyond question. I thank Judy for her support and take this opportunity to wish her well as this afternoon she leaves to go and live in Tasmania. It is a big loss to the committee and to the Assembly.

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