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(2) If the analysis has been completed, what (a) are the results of that analysis and (b) action will the Government take; if not, when will (a) that analysis be completed and (b) the Government take action.

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

(1) Yes. The analysis has been completed.

(2) (a) The analysis provides useful information about the suspension of Indigenous students. Key findings are:

The majority of the problems that lead to suspension result from conflict between students and were found not to be racially motivated.

The event or situation that triggers the conflict often happens outside the school.

Behaviours that are likely to lead to suspension of Indigenous students may be indicative of conflicting socialisation, ie there are differing expectations of students in the home/community and the school.

(b) The Government has provided significant increased support for Indigenous young people and their families, including:

an increase in the number of Indigenous Home School Liaison Officers,

implementation of a leadership and mentoring program for Indigenous students, and

a Community Inclusion Grant to conduct a program at Birrigai, providing Indigenous students with opportunities to learn and develop self-identity in a positive, supportive outdoor environment.

Schools have been provided with the findings of the analysis and further research will be undertaken to assist schools in providing supportive learning environments for Indigenous students. The successes achieved by some schools indicate the importance of individualising student management procedures.

Children, Youth and Family Support, Office—recruitment
(Question No 58)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:

(1) What budget has been allocated in the 2004-2005 financial year for the recruitment of overseas and interstate workers for the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support;

(2) How much of this budget is dedicated to relocation expenses;

(3) What payments for relocation expenses are made to people coming from (a) intersate and (b) overseas;

(4) What cultural and other orientation programs are conducted to allow officers coming from overseas who join the Office of Children, Youth and Family Support to more easily fit into an Australian working environment;

(5) What training is provided to ensure that these officers are fully cognisant of their responsibilities under Australian and A.C.T. law.

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