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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 519..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

get to raise the issues. But, as I have already said, it has happened to everyone in this place.

Question put:

That Mrs Burke's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Question so resolved in the negative.

Executive business-precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

People living in poverty

Amendment of Assembly resolution

MR CORBELL

(Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (10.58): I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 19 October 2005, regarding poverty and employment creation strategies, be amended by omitting paragraph (3) (c) and substituting:

"(3) (c) report to the Assembly during the sitting week commencing 12 December 2006."

The government is seeking to amend the Assembly's resolution on poverty and employment creation strategies, which was initiated by Dr Foskey last October, in order to provide for more time in which to report back to the Assembly. The government shares Dr Foskey's concerns that more should be done to assist the long-term unemployed by all jurisdictions, businesses and community sectors. To this end, the government is currently investigating strategies to address long-term unemployment and has also written to the Community Inclusion Board seeking their views.

This area is complex and it will take some time for both the government and the board to do further research and to reach a firm view on optimal policies and programs. The Community Inclusion Board will also be initiating a pilot project focusing on innovative assistance measures, which it is understood will be undertaken during the remainder of 2006 and into 2007. The government is, therefore, seeking an extension of time until the December 2006 sittings to report back to the Assembly on the resolution. By this time, the pilot project commissioned by the board will be well advanced and the government will have had further time to consider options in this area.


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