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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 1719 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

will be providing seasonally adjusted figures for the overall unemployment rate in the ACT, putting the Territory on the same standing as the States when it comes to labour force data. I think this is a significant step forward for the Government, in cooperation with the Bureau of Statistics, because it will give us a clear picture of the true unemployment situation in the ACT.

I should finish by saying that having 1,500 young people in Canberra who cannot find a job is something that nobody in this Assembly would accept, and that is the reason we are out there in the marketplace coming up with arrangements such as we did recently with AOFR, stimulating the private sector, making sure that we encourage the provision of new jobs through the private sector. That simply must be done because the Federal Government is not employing young people at this stage, and neither is the ACT Government because of the mess this mob opposite left us with.

Kaleen Youth Shelter

MS McRAE: As one of the mobsters, Mr Speaker, I would like to ask a question. My question is to the Minister for Children's and Youth Services, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, can you outline what evaluation has been undertaken of the services provided at the Kaleen Youth Shelter and then explain why it was necessary to put it into private hands?

Mrs Carnell: Did you make a caucus decision on that and did you all agree?

MS McRAE: You wish that your party agreed like ours did, Mrs Carnell.

MR STEFANIAK: Ms McRae, I think it has probably become painfully obvious that what we are on about as a can-do government is trying to provide the best possible service - - -

Ms McRae: My question was about evaluation, not about cans. Would you like me to repeat the question, Mr Stefaniak? I will say it slowly.

MR SPEAKER: Would you like the question to be repeated, Mr Stefaniak, or do you think you can answer it?

Ms McRae: I think he does.

MR STEFANIAK: What evaluation was undertaken? I think I can answer that. Thank you, Ms McRae; you can sit down.

Ms McRae: I did not ask about cans. I did not ask about the cannery.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please resume your seat, Ms McRae.

MR STEFANIAK: I know that it is hard for you, Ms McRae, but I will endeavour to answer your question.

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