Page 1176 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 9 April 2008

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In her comments on introducing her bill this morning, Dr Foskey asserted that the government has decided not to support her legislation.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, if it is in relation to a personal matter, that is fine.

MR CORBELL: Indeed. I simply wish to place on the record, so that members can properly have regard to her comments, the letter that I sent Dr Foskey yesterday, which outlines that the government is yet to conclude its position on this legislation and that I am very willing to discuss the matter further with Dr Foskey once the government’s response to the committee’s report has been presented. I table the following correspondence:

Court Procedures (Protection of Public Participation) Amendment Bill 2005—Government response to report of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs—Copy of letter to Dr Foskey from Mr Corbell, dated 8 April 2008.

Youth Week

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (11.25): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Youth Week is being celebrated in the ACT and nationally from 5 to 13 April 2008, with the theme “Shout, Share, Live, Unite”;

(b) that Youth Week was launched by the Youth InterACT Conference on 4 April, a conference organised by young people for young people;

(c) the Youth Coalition has organised a suite of events for the week, utilising funding from the ACT and federal governments;

(d) the ACT government is committed to engaging with young people in the ACT, through consultative mechanisms under the Youth InterACT participation initiative including Canberra Young Citizen of the Year, the Youth Advisory Council and a range of grants and scholarships; and

(e) the ACT government has developed a range of new policy initiatives and services for young people, including:

(i) a youth mental health, step up step down facility;

(ii) a new Children and Young People Bill;

(iii) a new youth justice facility, Bimberi, with a focus on rehabilitation and human rights;

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