Page 1571 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: As a supplementary question, minister, how much time and effort has been put in by your department to secure media events for you during Youth Week?

MS BURCH: This week has focused on the news of the ACT.

MS HUNTER: Supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how will you be using the feedback from the young people at the Youth InterACT Conference? How will you be feeding that back into government decisions on policy programs and so forth?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question and recognise her involvement in the youth sector in days past before her arrival in this place. The Youth InterACT Conference, when you look at those five themes that they will be looking through, are all important themes for young Canberrans and it is important that we hear what they have to say about them. There will be a formal write-up of the conference but also the Youth Advisory Council will be bringing me firsthand a verbal report and a written report on those activities and they will indeed work across my department, areas where we can, but also inform the youth implementation plans in the outyears.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanations

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: I refer to a question from Mr Hanson today, and I believe that the chamber is due an explanation. The issue about the Treasurer’s return today and advice to the opposition of that return is the subject of this personal explanation.

I had communication from Mr Hanson’s office yesterday.

Mr Coe: It is not an adjournment speech.

MR HARGREAVES: Just settle, petal. I had communication with Mr Hanson’s office yesterday asking for the detail about the ministerial council—what time it starts, what day et cetera—and quite a reasonable request that was. My office responded that the meeting of state and territory treasurers would take place on Wednesday afternoon from 4 o’clock, with no predetermined finish time—the standard arrangement whereby states and territories meet prior to the ministerial council to discuss and exchange views on the forthcoming agenda. That is where the states and territories get together without the commonwealth to discuss these things.

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