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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2600 ..


The bill is evidence of the ACT government’s commitment to working with the community and law enforcement to deliver a fair and efficient criminal justice system. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.56 am to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Cabinet—transparency

MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Why is it that you and none of your cabinet have disclosed your ministerial diaries in accordance with section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2016?

MR BARR: Ministers disclose their ministerial diaries quarterly, and they go online on an ACT government website. I believe that the publishing of those takes place a few weeks after the end of the quarterly period and that if the ones for the latest quarter are not yet online, they will be within a matter of days.

MR COE: Chief Minister, why is it that the last diary published for you is October to December of 2018 and the first two quarters of this year have not been published in accordance with your own legislation?

MR BARR: I will check as to why. I have certainly been through the process of clearing those particular quarterly reports and they should be online.

Children and young people—service delivery

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Children, Youth and Families, and relates to Premier Youthworks. Minister, following the collapse of Premier Youthworks, will the government reconsider the use of for-profit organisations to deliver critical human services for children and young people experiencing trauma and neglect who cannot live at home?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. It is fair to say that it is extremely unlikely that Premier Youthworks will be replaced within the ACT Together consortium by a for-profit provider.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how will you ensure that the children and young people currently in residential care provided by Premier Youthworks will not experience interruptions to their support during the transition to a different provider?


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