Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2415 ..
in terms of the reading that I've been doing. We think it is important that they be employed by the department. By employing them we will have a range of flexibilities in terms of some of the other work that can be done, including outside of school hours, school holidays, all those sorts of things.
The fact is that there are going to be eight coming on and then 17. I think there would be significant issues with 17 different employers of those youth workers, which may be the way it turns out.
MR SPEAKER: The member's time has expired. Do you want a second period of 10 minutes?
MS GALLAGHER: Yes. I'll just finish on this point, Mr Speaker: there are a range of employment-related issues which would be problematic in relation to how this initiative is implemented. However, I acknowledge that, unless it's implemented properly, there are a lot of risks associated to this not delivering the outcomes that it's intended for. Certainly we are continuing discussions with the Youth Coalition on the best way to ensure that the intent of the initiative is delivered through the schools and that it benefits the young people.
But on a whole this line in the budget, the education line, has got a range of very good initiatives-a range of initiatives that have been informed by the inquiry into education funding. Again, I notice Mr Pratt said, "This is just not even worth the money we paid and it's really come up with nothing."I went through this. Every single recommendation has either been met through this budget or is in ongoing discussions, such as the students with disabilities-apart from the one to adopt an interim funding model for the non-government schools. I don't think that's one that the non-government sector disagrees with anyway.
If we look at the Connors report, it has done its job; it's informed this year's budget; and we've made decisions about initiatives accordingly. I think, on the whole, the initiatives support the vision that this government has for the children and young people of the ACT, which is to ensure that all children and young people in the ACT can experience educational opportunities which support them to achieve their full potential.
Proposed expenditure agreed to.
Proposed expenditure-total appropriated to departments, $1,435,298,000 (net cost of outputs), $279,669,000 (capital injection) and $365,813,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $2,080,780,000.
MR QUINLAN: (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (12.37 am): I move amendment No 1, circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2426].
MR SPEAKER: Do you want to explain the amendment?
MR QUINLAN: Only in as much as it is in the total lines and it is the next best thing to a typo. As the moneys were being split between net costs of outputs and payments