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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 August 2005 2005) . . Page.. 3094 ..


a commissioner for children and young people, other than that they do not like supporting human rights legislation. I think it is disappointing.

Their legislation on a commissioner for the family was defeated. This legislation is about establishing a commissioner who has the interests of children and young people as paramount consideration. To establish a commissioner for the family would mean that that paramount consideration could not be given to the children and young people. That is what this legislation does. It is extremely disappointing that the Liberal opposition have not been able to support it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 12, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 13.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (5.53): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 4 at page 3109]. These amendments would insert additional functions for the children and young people commissioner, in line with the desire of the people who were consulted. That requires the insertion of a new point in clause 13, proposed section 19B (1). This new subsection would seek:

(aa) to promote the human rights and welfare of children and young people by—

promoting the provision of education, information and advice to children and young people; and

promoting and monitoring public awareness on issues that affect children and young people; and

conducting and monitoring research into issues that affect children and young people; and

making recommendations to government and non-government agencies on legislation, policies, practices and services that affect children and young people; and

promoting the participation of children and young people in making decisions that affect their lives, as appropriate to their age and maturity;


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