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MR STANHOPE: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I table a copy of the authorisation in relation to the Treasurer’s advance to the Department of Education and Training. Section 18 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer’s advance. Section 18A of the act requires that within three sitting days after the date of the authorisation the Treasurer present to the Assembly a copy of the authorisation and the statement of reasons and a summary of the total expenditure authorised under section 18 for the financial year. This instrument provides for the Department of Education and Training $107,000 to allow for on-passing of additional commonwealth grant funding received late in 2007-08 for the government schools-joint schools grant. I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Health and Disability—Standing Committee

Report 6—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Health and Disability—Standing Committee—Report 6—The use of crystal methamphetamine ‘ice’ in the ACT—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: It gives me great pleasure today to table the government’s response to the standing committee’s report into the use of crystal methamphetamine in the ACT. I would like to commend the standing committee for its consideration of this issue and acknowledge the stakeholders who provided input into the inquiry process and recognise their commitment to preventing and reducing the harm caused by the use of crystal methamphetamine in the ACT.

The ACT government welcomes the committee’s report, which seeks to highlight the extent of current problems faced by the community in relation to the use of crystal methamphetamine and opportunities to strengthen efforts to prevent and reduce the harm caused to individuals and the wider community.

According to the most recent data available from the 2007 national drug strategy household survey, between 2004 and 2007 there was a significant fall in illicit drug use, including the use of methamphetamines. It is interesting to note, however, during the same period that the number of Australians aged 14 years or older who associated amphetamines, including methamphetamines, as a “problem” drug trebled.

According to the findings of the illicit drug reporting system national drug trends for 2007, recent use of crystal methamphetamine declined amongst injecting drug users both locally and nationally from 2006 to 2007. However, recent use remained highest in the ACT, at 80 per cent.

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