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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1637 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

existing early intervention programs funded from the Justice and Community Safety and other portfolio budgets.

The final recommendation by the committee is that the Department of Justice and Community Safety ensure that priority is given to implementing crime prevention and early intervention projects and that these are managed to take full advantage of funding allocations

The Government agrees with this recommendation. However, it should be understood that social development type crime prevention programs stand a better chance of being sustained if they are supported by partnerships between lead agencies and the broader community. Building ownership into these partnerships requires an initial establishment period.

I thank the Committee for the time and effort they have put into this report and its recommendations.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Government's response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health and Community Care-Standing Committee

Report No 8-government response

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (3.46): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health and Community Care-Standing Committee-Report No 8-Report on Annual and Financial Reports 1999-2000 for the Department of Health and Community Care and related agencies (presented 13 February 2001)-Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, I seek leave to have my speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

I am pleased to present the Government's response to the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care Report No 8-"Annual and Financial Report 1999-2000".

As Members will be aware the Committee, while commenting on a number of areas within my portfolio responsibility, made only two recommendations.

The Committee believes there is a significant gap in the area of residential detoxification services for young people and has recommended that the Government:

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