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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5603 ..


have issued the media release, knowing what I know now. I have already apologised for the effect that that had on the public accounts committee. But I will look at this report closely. I will read it in detail and if there are further comments to make, I will make them at that time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 7

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.48) Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 18 August 2011, as amended on 18 October 2011, I present the following report:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 7—Human Rights Commission Report into the ACT Youth Justice System—Implementation of Report recommendations 4.3, 4.15, 4.16 and 15.1, dated 17 November 2011, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I will speak briefly to this. First I would like to thank my fellow committee members, the deputy chair, Mr Hanson and Dr Bourke, and Andrew Snedden, who is our new committee secretary, for assisting in getting this done in a fairly tight time frame so that we could report to the Assembly within the time frame. As I have noted, the committee was referred recommendations 4.3, 4.15, 4.16 and 15.1 of the Human Rights Commission report, ACT youth justice system 2011, and that was for inquiry and report on how best the standing committee may have an ongoing role in the implementation of the Human Rights Commission report recommendations and oversight of the youth justice system in the ACT.

The committee held a hearing with Alasdair Roy, the Children and Young People Commissioner, and Dr Helen Watchirs, the Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, on 14 November. This was to discuss their views on the recommendations in the report on the youth justice system, which had been referred to the committee.

I will go to the committee’s recommendations and read them out. They do outline the committee’s views on how we see the way forward on implementing the recommendations that were referred to us. There are four recommendations which relate to each of the recommendations that was referred to us from the report.

Recommendation 1 in relation to 4.5 of the report’s recommendations is:

… the Committee accepts the overall perception of the development of a reporting and scrutiny mechanism for the Report framework, and considers that the Report sees this role for the Committee as a description of a wider scrutiny and accountability role. The Committee also recommends that this Report


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