Page 267 - Week 01 - Thursday, 9 December 2004

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Disability services

MR HARGREAVES: Yesterday in question time, Dr Foskey asked about the functions recommended by the disability reform legislative working group for the Disability Services Commissioner and the government’s response to each of those recommendations. The government has provided a detailed response to the working group’s recommendations concerning the Disability Services Commissioner in section 3 of the government’s position paper on the system of statutory oversight in the ACT, titled The right system for rights protection. This paper was tabled in this place in August 2004 and is available on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services website. Further details on the proposed functions of the Disability Services Commissioner are provided in section 1 of this paper and I would draw your attention to this information in response to the question.

I would like to clarify for members a comment I made yesterday in this place, just to clear the record. Yesterday I indicated that the Disability Services Commissioner would be responsible to the Chief Minister as part of the Human Rights and Service Review Commission. The Disability Services Commissioner will actually report to the Attorney—General. I mentioned the Chief Minister, but it will be the Attorney-General.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Ministerial travel reports—

1 April to 30 June 2004.

1 July to 30 September 2004.

ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profiles—

June Quarter 2004.

September quarter 2004.

Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993, pursuant to subsection 19 (3)—Commissioner for the Environment—State of the Environment Report 2003 (Fifth Assembly)—Government response, dated September 2004.

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997—Cultural Facilities Corporation, pursuant to subsection 29 (3)—Quarterly report—Fourth quarter 2003-2004—1 April to 30 June 2004.

Secondary student alcohol and drug survey

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT secondary students—Results of the 2002 ACT secondary student alcohol and drug survey, dated November 2004.

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