Page 1310 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 29, 30 and 73

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118(a) I ask the Attorney-General for an explanation or a statement as to why he has not provided an answer to my questions on notice numbered 29 and 30, whose 30 days expired on 12 March, and also in relation to question on notice No 73, whose 30-day period expired on 14 March.

MR CORBELL: I apologise to Mrs Dunne for the lateness of those answers. I have been chasing them up in my office and I am aware that they are outstanding. The reason for that is some of them required some detailed compilation of figures and coordination within my department that has taken longer than expected, but I expect an answer to be with her very shortly.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Multicultural Youth Services

MR HARGREAVES: I undertook yesterday to provide some information to Ms Bresnan regarding Multicultural Youth Services. I would like to advise that the draft multicultural strategy 2009-2012 does not specify a financial amount for programs addressing multicultural young people’s needs, nor does it specify an organisation or organisations that will deliver the programs. The needs of young people in the community will be determined through the current consultations with community stakeholders.

The ACT government is looking forward to hearing from the community through the current consultation process on the effectiveness of existing services and programs for multicultural young people and on what is required to address any gaps in the service provision going forward into the future. Multicultural Youth Services receives funding from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs through the newly arrived youth support scheme program to provide mainly casework at the Multicultural Youth Services drop-in centre for 12 to 21-year-old migrants and refugees who have arrived in Australia within the last five years. Funding for the ACT component is approximately $150,000 a year.

For the past four years the ACT government has provided significant funds to support vulnerable young migrants in the age bracket 22 to 25 years. Multicultural Youth Services received $231,233 from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007. Under the community inclusion fund an additional transitional amount of $118,200 will be provided from 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Additionally, Multicultural Youth Services has received project funding this year for a newsletter of $500 and $4,000 for driving lessons for young migrants under the 2008-09 multicultural grants programs. Furthermore, the organisation leases permanent accommodation at the community rate in both the Griffin Centre and the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. The Multicultural Youth Services drop-in centre for young migrant people is housed in the Griffin Centre, which is ACT government owned. The drop-in centre caters for migrant and refugee young people from 12 to 25 years.

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