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(1) apply for an order by next friend. However, a child may apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order in the child’s own right even thought the child is a person with a legal disability.

Commencement of a claim occurs when an aggrieved person (man or woman), or a police officer on behalf of the aggrieved person fills out an application form in the Magistrates Court. On receiving an application for a protection order, the registrar must enter the application into the record of the court and set a date for the application to be returned before the court.

(2) A Domestic Violence Protection Order may be revoked if the Magistrates Court is satisfied that the order is no longer necessary for the protection of the person it protects; or the applicant for the original order applies for a revocation.

The legislation does give children the power, with the leave of the court, to amend or revoke an order either as a party to the order or as someone with sufficient interest in the proceedings. Legal representation is available to a child through agencies such as the Office of the Community Advocate or Legal Aid.

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders—shared responsibility
(Question No 6)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) What work has been undertaken by the A.C.T. Government as part of ‘Shared Responsibility Agreement’ to boost indigenous wellbeing;

(2) What evidence does the Government have to show that the work undertaken so far has in fact improved indigenous wellbeing.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Shared Responsibility Agreement signifies the commitment of the Partners to the Agreement to explore a range of measures aimed at tackling Indigenous disadvantage.

The Key priorities identified include:

a) Social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being;

b) Culture and learning; and

c) Capacity building for all.

As a starting point, and in response to issue raised during the initial consultation process, the Partners are working to identify and develop culturally appropriate strategies aimed to:

a) Assist people to address trauma, regain confidence, build self-esteem and strengthen cultural identity;

b) Address the deleterious effects of substance abuse;

c) Address the many factors contributing to the over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system; and

d) Address the many factors contributing to the disparity between the educational outcomes of Indigenous people (particularly children and youth), with those of the wider society.

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