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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 83 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: No, sorry, Mrs Jones. The second part was quite clearly about Greens policy. The assistant minister will not be answering about Greens policy.

MS LEE: Minister, what support specifically will be available to disability advocacy groups such as SHOUT under this Labor-Greens coalition?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. Having worked at the Pearce Community Centre with the good people from SHOUT, I am very pleased that you are looking out for their ability to continue delivering services to the community.

There are sections in our parliamentary and governing agreement that specifically look at ensuring funding to community services organisations. That includes making sure that funding addresses the real costs of delivery to a community with a growing population, and under changing circumstances, as a result of this changing climate that we are living in. I expect that that will cover all community services organisations that are being funded by the ACT government.

Youth justice—throughcare program

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Families and Community Services. Minister, ACT Labor and the Greens have independently promised a new throughcare program for young offenders leaving youth justice, but no specific commitment to this reform appears in the parliamentary and governing agreement. Can you confirm for the Assembly that the Labor-Greens government will indeed deliver on this program, and when can we expect this to happen?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Cain for his first question in the Assembly; I greatly appreciate that. I draw the attention of Mr Cain and all members of the Assembly to the introductions to appendix 3 and appendix 4 in the parliamentary and governing agreement. In appendix 3 it specifically says:

This is not ACT Labor’s full set of commitments across all portfolio areas. Any policy commitments included in the Agreement have also been removed from this Appendix.

That is if they were in the earlier appendices. It continues:

Please refer to ACT Labor’s Policy Position Statement, and associated Health, Education, Jobs, Environment, Climate Change, and Better Suburbs Statements at actlabor.org.au for more information.

A similar caveat is included in appendix 4 in relation to the Greens commitments—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: I assume there is a point of order?

Mr Hanson: It is a point of order; it might also be a point of clarification regarding your previous ruling. The minister is talking about Labor policy in her answer. She is referring to a specific annex saying—


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