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The $123,345.63 was for travel taken on instructions from the ACT’s reinsurer. These expenses were paid from the Territorial Expenses account and recovered under the ACT’s insurance arrangements. Two solicitors from the ACT Government Solicitor along with one senior counsel and three junior counsels travelled to several locations in the United States to interview a number of expert witnesses critical to the ACT’s case over a period from 3 March 2008 to 20 March 2008. A solicitor acting for the reinsurers also attended. No further details can be released at this stage as the matter is ongoing and to do so could jeopardise the ACT’s position until the evidence of the experts is disclosed. The $123,345.63 was a mixture of economy and business class and the $27,146 was also economy and business class, dependent upon internal or international flights.

The $3,309.51 was for the Chief Solicitor to travel to Wellington, New Zealand to attend the annual meeting of the Crown Solicitors of Australia and New Zealand from 29 August 2007 to 1 September 2007, with the meeting taking place on 30 and 31 August. This was paid for from departmental funds. The class of travel for Chief solicitor’s trip to NZ was business class.

(Question No 212)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 5 May 2009:

(1) In relation to Output Class 2.1 – Child and Family Centre Program referred to on pages 33-9 of volume 1 of the 2007-08 annual report for the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, how many families in the ACT entered the Care and Protection system and were diverted to the Integrated Family Support Project (IFSP).

(2) Is IFSP systematically suggested to families who have received Differential Responses from Care and Protection; if so, what were the outcomes.

(3) Who are the members of the IFSP Management Committee.

(4) What improvements have been made to the IFSP as a result of the on-going evaluation work of the IFSP by the Institute of Child Protection Studies.

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

(1) The Integrated Family Support Project currently has fourteen families (thirty eight children) involved in the project. All families involved in the project have been reported to the statutory child protection system over the course of the children’s lives and ten of the families currently involved in IFSP had a case worker with Care and Protection Services at the time of referral to the project.

(2) The Integrated Family Support Project (IFSP) has specific criteria for referral. If following assessment within the differential response, CPS identify that the family meets the criteria for IFSP, then a referral will be made.

(3) The Management Committee consists of members from across the ACT Government and community agencies. The committee members are:

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