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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3231 ..

Thursday, 23 August 2001

MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Sale of fireworks

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Ms Tucker , from 6,291 residents:

PETITION-stop the suffering, ban fireworks now!

To the speaker and members of the legislative assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws on the attention of the Assembly: that Fireworks in N.S.W, S.A, VIC, W.A, & QLD are banned because they are a danger to the community and its animals.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: Immediately ban the sale of over the counter fireworks in the ACT.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Education, Community Services and Recreation-Standing Committee

Report No 10 of 2001

MS TUCKER (10.32): I present the following report:

Education, Community Services and Recreation-Standing Committee-Report No 10-The Government's response to recommendations 1 and 3 of Coroner Somes' inquest into a death at Quamby, dated 16 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This inquiry has looked at the implementation of two recommendations in the coroner's report, following a death at Quamby in 1997. The recommendations of this report deal with the administrative structure of Youth Justice Services, the mix of young people at Quamby, the support available to them, preventative measures and the availability of post release programs. The committee also recommended that a task force be set up to examine issues related to substance abuse. As many as 75 per cent of Quamby residents have substance abuse issues.

The stories of the young people in detention in Quamby are overall a reflection of serious social failure. It has been clearly established that supportive intervention and prevention strategies need to be given a high priority to address these failures. These young people

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