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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 84 ..


MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am literally reading from the parliamentary and governing agreement.

Mr Hanson: That is right. The minister is referring to Labor policy, and there is a point in the agreement where we could talk about Labor policy, but when we asked about the Greens policy, the other part of the government, that was ruled out of order. I am a little confused. Are we allowed to ask about Labor policy or Greens policy, given that it is referred to in the agreement—

MADAM SPEAKER: I will clarify, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: or is there only—

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Mr Hanson. I will provide—

Mr Hanson: Our question was ruled out of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: It was.

Mr Hanson: because we asked a specific question regarding a party’s policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you resume—

Mr Hanson: The minister is talking about it.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you stop and sit down? I have asked you to stop and sit down. The question was ruled out of order because it went to Greens policy. The question was asked about the governing arrangements held within the parliamentary agreement. By way of answer, the minister has referenced two sections. At that point she had another minute to go to the substance of the question, but your point of order has consumed her time.

MR CAIN: Minister, what specific deficiencies in the current youth justice approach will this throughcare program fix?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Cain for the supplementary question. Of course, the ACT government has been implementing the Blueprint for Youth Justice that was established in 2012—the 2012-22 Blueprint for Youth Justice that was brought forward by my colleague Minister Gentleman when he had responsibility for the portfolio. That has seen a significant reduction in the number of young people coming into contact with the youth justice system and, indeed, in detention over the time since 2012.

However, we determined in 2017 that we really needed to take a look, at the midpoint of the Blueprint for Youth Justice, at how it was going and what more needed to be done. A task force was established, and I released that report, if I remember correctly, last year, in 2019. One of the recommendations out of that task force was that we would work towards the establishment of a throughcare program for young people


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