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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1184 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

There are a number of specific groups of people with disabilities who have particularly critical unmet support needs or who are approaching a time when they will do so. These groups include people whose family carers are ageing or are unable to continue in their caring role, school leavers who do not have employment or an alternative daytime option, children entering adolescence whose parents are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with their child's physical, social and emotional demands, and people with intensive or complex support needs, including people with challenging behaviours.

I await with interest the promised proposal from Senator Newman and will respond to this proposal as a matter of urgency. If the proposal appears to be unreasonably delayed, I will contact the Minister seeking expedition of the process and will work with other State and Territory Ministers to try to speed up progress. In the meantime, I will continue to promote disability support as an area of high priority and will investigate all possible alternatives for funding and other resources to address this critical need. I present the following paper:

Outcomes of the meeting of Disability Ministers held in Canberra on 9 April 1999 - ministerial statement, 22 April 1999.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned.


Motion (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the order of the day, Assembly business, relating to the establishment of a Select Committee on Estimates 1999-2000 being called on forthwith.



Debate resumed.

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to amend my motion to extend the timeframe for nominations to 4.30 pm rather than 4 o'clock.

Leave granted.


Paragraph (2), omit "4.00 pm", substitute "4.30 pm".

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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