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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2718 ..

Amendment agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Youth InterACT

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.21): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Deputy Speaker earlier today in question time Mrs Cross asked a question about the government's new Youth InterACT initiative. In her question Mrs Cross said that she understood that the Youth Coalition were critical of the government's decision to establish the new ministers youth council. She also poured scorn on the proposal that members of Youth InterACT-the ministers youth council-should be paid and she indicated that the Youth Coalition did not agree with either of these proposals.

This afternoon my office contacted the Youth Coalition to clarify their position. They have confirmed to my office that the coalition are in favour of remunerating young people on the council for their contributions. In addition, the Youth Coalition have confirmed that they welcomed the establishment of the ministers youth council and wanted to make sure that it reflects the appropriate socio-economic mix of young people in Canberra.

This is obviously an issue of concern and importance to the government as well and the government will shortly be announcing the composition of the council and will be working to ensure that there is an appropriate and representative group of young people on that council. I think, in light of this confirmation, Mrs Cross should reflect on the question she asked me in question time today and the other comments she made by way of interjection, and decide whether or not what she said is accurate.

Detention centres


(5.23): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise to talk about an article on the subject of detention centres that appeared in the Canberra Times today correcting an article that appeared in the Canberra Times on 11 August. In the article published on 11 August the Canberra Times made two significant errors which they have noted in today's paper. Firstly, the question published was not the one the respondents replied to. The question published was: "Should children be freed from detention camps holding

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