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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1284..


(c) One class took place in 2004 - 2005

(d) No class has taken place in 2005 - 2006 as yet (see the answer to question 7 below).

(2) Five young people participated in the first class. Thereafter four students participated in each of the remaining three classes. This was a running change based on experience from the first group that pairs are the optimum arrangement, and high student-trainer ratios are necessary with high-risk young people to maximise outcomes.

(3) Each program rebuilt one car, making four in total.

(4) Yes. The handover of the refurbished vehicle has been designed into the program from its inception as a restorative process to benefit the recipient, the students and the community.

(5) Eligibility for Right Turn is for high-risk offenders under 18 years of age, but also preferably over 16 years old in order to sustain employment outcomes. Initially, eligibility was limited to high-risk young offenders with a motor vehicle theft profile. Over the course of the program eligibility was adjusted slightly to be for high-risk young offenders regardless of their offence profile, subject to the same assessment of their likely benefit from the program which applied to all participants from the outset. Because numbers are limited, once each of the places is filled, further high-risk young offenders are not approached.

(6) Not every high-risk young offender considered to be potentially eligible for the program has participated in Right Turn for a number of reasons. These include: the classes' limited number of places; some young people return to school; some return to incarceration; some find employment; and some potential candidates decline to undertake the program.

(7) The Right Turn program is currently in the process of being integrated with the Young Adults at Risk - Developing Skills (YARDS) program within the Training and Adult Education Unit of the ACT Department of Education and Training. YARDS is designed to provide marginalised young people with individual support as they prepare for, and enter, vocational or educational placements. The next Right Turn intake is expected to occur through YARDS in 2006, possibly with six participants.

Dogs

(Question No 979)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2006:

(1) How many stray and abandoned dogs have been housed in Urban Services animal shelters in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 to date;

(2) For the years listed in part (1) how many of the dogs housed at shelters were (a) rehoused, (b) returned to owners and (c) euthanised;

(3) For the years listed in part (1) how many of the dogs housed at shelters were micro chipped;

(4) What is the maximum number of dogs that can be housed at any one time in ACT dog shelters;


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