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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3293..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

We do not have any effective services to support women anticipating the renewal of an emotional and physical relationship. Once a person has been released from incarceration, support services are needed to make sure their restoration to the community is successful.

The committee wants to look at the right hand end of the continuum of the restorative justice principle. We will not be looking into the need for jails. We will not be looking into the programs which exist within the jail system. That is outside the purview of this committee. It is within the purview of the Legal Affairs Committee.

We will be looking at what government and non-government services exist or should exist and advising government and the Assembly on the provision of services for people who have been affected by the incarceration of a family member. We have to deal with the restoration of that person and where they fit within our community.

I advise the Assembly that the committee will be picking up this inquiry. The committee will seek submissions fairly shortly, but work on the issue will probably be undertaken in the first six months of 2003. Unless everything falls into place beautifully, I do not anticipate bringing a report to the Assembly until the middle of 2003.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Inquiry

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 246A, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts has resolved that I make a statement regarding Auditor-General's report No 7 of 2001, entitled Managing Canberra Urban Parks and Open Spaces. I seek leave to table the statement.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I present the following paper:

Public Accounts-Standing Committee-Auditor-General's Report No 7, 2001-Managing Canberra Urban Parks and Open Spaces-Statement by Chair, dated 26 September 2002.

I will limit my comments to remarking that the Auditor-General found no evidence of significant inefficiencies in the management of urban parks and open spaces. The Public Accounts Committee therefore does not believe that any additional investigation by it would be constructive.

Executive business-precedence

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That executive business be called on forthwith


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