Page 6090 - Week 18 - Thursday, 12 December 1991

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MR SPEAKER: Yes, the question is: That the Bill be agreed to.

MR COLLAERY: Yes. I am speaking to that, now.

MR SPEAKER: That question is not open to debate. I would ask you to seek leave at the end of this to make a statement, if you so wish.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to.

Statement by Member

MR COLLAERY, by leave: I thank the members for their courtesy. I will be very brief. Mr Speaker, the manager of Advance Personnel (Canberra) Incorporated was very excited at the prospect of this legislation. She asked me whether I would, in effect, draw attention to the concerns of Advance Personnel (Canberra). They are the body who, over the last three years, have provided an intellectual disability access program for people going into workplaces. They contact EEO coordinators and others, and there are now 50 such placements in public service departments in Canberra. They are Federal departments and, of course, the ACT Administration. They include people that I mentioned earlier, placed by Mr Duby and by other Ministers.

Mr Speaker, the service at the moment, however, has on a waiting list 200 people with a mild to moderate disability who are seeking employment. The situation is one of urgency. It is one of increasing demand. All members should be aware, in discussions with all manner of people in the public and private sectors, of the fact that there are 200 people, youngsters largely, on a waiting list, trying to get out of the situations they are in and to get some gainful employment. I commend knowledge of that fact to all members.

Leave to Move Motion of Censure

MR BERRY (Deputy Chief Minister) (6.29): I seek leave, Mr Speaker, to move a motion of censure of Mr Humphries for a breach of standing order 241.

Leave not granted.

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