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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5248..


Ms Tucker: There must be a document.

MR CORBELL: Let me answer your question. I am happy to come to your question in detail, Ms Tucker, but let me just reiterate: it is important to recognise that the intensification that Ms Tucker is referring to is intensification based upon an independent design team's planning charette. It does not represent the views of the planning authority or the government. The planning authority and the government have made that clear to all residents through the neighbourhood planning process.

In relation to the assumptions: I am happy to take that question on notice and endeavour to provide any relevant information to Ms Tucker.

Elder abuse issues paper

MR CORNWELL: My question without notice is directed to the Chief Minister. At the estimates committee hearings earlier this year the Chief Minister indicated in a reply dated 22 May relating to powers of attorney issues that were raised in the elder abuse report that his Department of Justice and Community Safety had initiated a review of the Powers of Attorney Act. He also said that an issues paper would be released towards the end of 2003 for public comment.

I ask the Chief Minister: where is that paper? If that paper is not yet available, when will it become available?

MR STANHOPE: I am not aware of the exact date that the report will become available. I am more than happy to obtain that information and provide it to Mr Cornwell.

MR CORNWELL: When that paper becomes available will the Chief Minister arrange for a copy to be sent to me, thus restoring my faith in the belief that the government is concerned about this elder abuse issue?

MR STANHOPE: Yes.

Families-respite support

MS DUNDAS: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Does the government intend to provide additional funding to organisations such as FaBRiC so that families that are currently receiving respite support will continue to receive that support after February next year?

MR WOOD: I will refer the member's question to Mr Corbell as his department has responsibility for that issue.

MR CORBELL: It is important to place on the record the circumstances surrounding the provision of respite care by FaBRiC, or Family Based Respite Care. I state at the outset that FaBRiC provides an important service and one that is supported to a significant degree by this government. In 2003-04 FaBRiC received funding to the tune of $2 million from the ACT Government to provide respite care services to families in our community, in particular, to families with children with a disability.


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