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The issues raised in the report encompass services to people with disabilities, issues related to the ageing, child protection and social policy coordination. The provision of improved customer service is of paramount importance to the Government. The alignment of policy and service areas in the community services envelope enhances service delivery for the community in the areas of Health and Community Care, Education and Training, Children's and Youth Services Bureau, Family Services, the Canberra Institute of Technology, law and justice, community safety, and planning.

In line with the Government's commitment to enhanced community consultation and community relations, the refocused Community Relations Branch has responsibility for the introduction and enhancement of policies designed to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, people of non-English-speaking background and women. The Government's commitment to community consultation is further demonstrated by its unprecedented support for community councils, establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Council, the Multicultural Consultative Council and the Women's Consultative Council, and, of course, our meet the Minister program. I believe that the standing committee will be presenting a separate report in the near future on community consultation. I am particularly interested in the views of community groups in relation to the further development of this consultation.

The issue of violence in the community was raised by a number of groups, and I note that the committee is conducting an inquiry into the prevention of violence in schools. I look forward to the report of that inquiry. In view of the diversity of issues canvassed, I will not elaborate any further at this point, but I commend the response to them.

Debate (on motion by Ms Tucker) adjourned.


Ministerial Travel : Student Assessment

Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. At question time during the last sitting Mr Stefaniak gave an undertaking that he would check out whether certain payments in relation to travel were appropriate and would advise the Assembly. He also said that he would provide us with the Year 12 assessment guidelines. We have received neither.

MR SPEAKER: Are we discussing the 30-day rule here, Mr Berry?

Mr Berry: No. He just said that he would do it for us.

MR SPEAKER: I will leave the matter for Mr Stefaniak to follow up.

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