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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2011) . . Page.. 4153 ..


The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 11

Ms Bresnan

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Barr

Mrs Dunne

Ms Hunter

Dr Bourke

Ms Gallagher

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Smyth

Mr Doszpot

Question so resolved in the negative.

Children and young people—care

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Child Care and Protection Group (CCPG) within the Community Services Directorate has apparently assigned residential care placements for children or young people in the care of the Director-General to at least one non-government organisation (NGO) when the NGO apparently was not approved as a “suitable entity” under the Children and Young People Act 2008;

(b) the CCPG apparently has made similar placements on more than one occasion;

(c) on at least one placement occasion, the residential premises to be used for the purpose appeared to be unsuitable; and

(d) the Director-General of the Community Services Directorate has requested the Public Advocate of the ACT to investigate and report on the circumstances of these matters;

(2) calls on the Minister for Community Services to:

(a) by close of business this day, table the letter from the Director-General appointing the Public Advocate of the ACT to conduct the investigation noted above, including the terms of reference; and

(b) ensure that the Public Advocate is properly resourced to carry out this investigation; and

(3) requests the Public Advocate to:


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