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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1090 ..

Men's Accommodation and Crisis Service

(Question No 47)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to the Men's and Children's Crisis Services' (MAACS) new management:

  1. Is the Men's Reference Group an incorporated body and, if not, why was it awarded the tender for MAACS.
  2. If it is incorporated, on what date was it incorporated.
  3. If the Men's Reference Group is an arm of the Marymead Child and Family Centre, is it not Marymead who will run MAACS and, if not, how long will it take the Men's Reference Group to fulfil its requirements to be legally responsible for management the MAACS Kaleen house.
  4. While legal requirements at (3) are being completed, on what basis of liability will MAACS accommodation operate or will it remain closed for this period.
  5. Why was the tender decided effective 31 January 2002 when the original lessee's lease ran out in June 2002.
  6. What was the (a) annual grant to the previous operators of the service and (b) what is the annual grant to the new operators.
  7. Will single abused men be accommodated under the new administration and if not, why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question is:

1. The Department of Education and Community Services entered a purchase agreement with the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, represented by Marymead Child and Family Centre for the provision of the Canberra Fathers' and Children's Service (known as CANFACS).

This service is not an incorporated body, it is a registered company and is responsible and accountable to the department for the provision of this service in accordance with the purchase agreement.

2. See 1 above.

3. See 1 above.

4. The service has continued to be provided to homeless men and their accompanying children with no cessation to service provision through this process.

5. The Lone Fathers' Association's fixed lease agreement with ACT Housing expired in March 2000. From that time the Lone Fathers' Association was on a standard two week Community Organisation Rental Housing Assistance Program tenancy agreement. The Lone Fathers' Association was served with an eviction

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