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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2752 ..

Elder abuse

(Question No 228)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 26 June 2002:

In relation to the Assembly's Health and Community Care Committee 1998-2001 Inquiry into elder abuse:

(1) As at 25 June 2002, what "key findings" have been implemented by the Government.

(2) How did the Government establish these were "key findings" given the report was never returned to the Assembly for debate or response.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

I recently wrote to the Speaker, Mr Wayne Berry MLA, in my capacity as the Acting Chief Minister, and confirmed that the Government is currently developing a response to the former Assembly Committee's Inquiry Report No. 11, and that it will report to the Assembly by the last sitting day in September 2002. This approach is consistent with the Assembly's resolution in response to Ms Dundas's Notice of Motion of 5 June 2002.

As the Chief Minister stated in response to Ms Dundas's Notice of Motion, while the Labor Government supports in principle the recommendations of Report No. 11, it believes that a number of recommendations require further consideration and consultation.

A whole-of-government response is currently being developed to the Committee's Report, which will involve consultation with the other States, ACT Government agencies, and community organisations. The consultation process will also ensure that advice is sought from the newly established Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, and that the work being undertaken in relation to violence by the Office for Women and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, is integrated with the final response.

It should be noted that the former Government did not provide a response to the Report by the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care during its time in office.

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