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children with complex needs; reforming services through better integration; helping every kid feel like they fit in. That is our agenda for children and youth.

I present the following paper:

Children and youth—Ministerial statement, 2 April 2009.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.17): I move:

That Mrs Dunne be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for the period 20 April to 4 May 2009 and that Mr Hanson be appointed in her place.

Just by way of explanation, there are scheduled meetings for the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure during the time when I will not be in Canberra. I want to make sure that the Canberra Liberals participate fully in those things and I think it is just courteous to members to explain why we move these motions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Burch): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Ms Burch, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Hunter be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of the viability of villages in the ACT.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (3.19): In the lead-up to the 2013 Centenary of Canberra celebrations it should be noted that many of the villages that now form part of the ACT were in existence well before the birth of Canberra in 1913. Families from these villages of Hall, Tharwa, Pialligo, Stromlo and Uriarra, and the villages themselves, became a vital part of the new Canberra.

In this address I will focus on Hall, Tharwa and Pialligo. If we take Hall as the first example, its progress association itself is 105 years old and its school was opened in

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