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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4209 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: Indeed. To quote the words of the committee chair, Penny Gregory:

It’s not as simple as saying because a child dies who’s known to child protection means that child protection is failing. What’s failing is community, and families.

We all have a role in protecting children. All citizens, particularly friends and neighbours, play an important role in responding to child abuse. All individuals in the community can contribute to the protection of children by providing social and emotional support to fellow community members. Reporting of suspected abuse, modelling good parental behaviours and helping to educate others about issues of abuse are important aspects. We all have a role to play. Child protection is the responsibility of all of us, not just the professionals who work in the care and protection service.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Education—school chaplaincy program

MS BURCH: In regard to a question on the national chaplaincy program, the guidelines and forms will be on the public website by the end of the day, under the student wellbeing section. The documents are on the Education and Training intranet for public schools, and documents were emailed, as I said, to government and non-government schools earlier this week.

Education—early childhood

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts): Madam Speaker, this morning I updated the Assembly on the progress of negotiations with the commonwealth on the national partnership agreement on universal access. In the spirit of keeping the Assembly up to date, I can now state that there has been a response from the commonwealth but that, disappointingly, it does not change the position that I detailed this morning.

Single conservation agency—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Single conservation agency—Establishment, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 13 August 2014.

I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.


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