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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1032 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

contribute to a national database. It also includes undertaking further work in the areas of control over the importation of criminal contraband, extradition between states, recognition of expert evidence, firearms trafficking, identity fraud, vehicle rebirthing gangs, and cyber crime.

The summit provided a good result for the ACT. The ACT government retains its role in the national effort to combat terrorism, and would be consulted on any declaration of a national terrorist incident affecting ACT interests. The proposed Australian Crime Commission will have an enhanced capacity to fight organised crime, and the ACT will have an enhanced role in its day-to-day management. The new agreement to deal with multijurisdictional crime will develop more effective measures to address crime, where it crosses state and territory borders.

The government will continue to be involved in the further development of the details of this agreement. Particular areas of focus will be to ensure that civil liberties are taken into account when developing the new national set of powers of cross-border investigations, and to monitor the impact on policing arrangements for the ACT of any changes to national law enforcement structures.

In conclusion, Mr Speaker, I consider the results of the leaders forum, COAG, and the summit on transnational crime and terrorism, a good outcome for the ACT. There is further work in a range of areas, and members will be involved, through the pieces of legislation that I have described above. I, or my ministerial colleagues, will keep the Assembly informed of developments across the COAG and leaders forum issues, as governments continue to develop the full details of the agreements made.

I table my copy of the speech. I present the following paper:

Council of Australian Governments Meeting-5 April 2002-Ministerial statement, dated April 2002.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Young people-role in the community

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Ms Dundas proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The recognition of the role of young people in our community, especially during National Youth Week.

MS DUNDAS (4.17): I thank the Speaker and the Assembly for recognising this as a matter of public importance. I will speak today on the role young people play in Australia and in our community and also some of the challenges young people face in our community.

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