Page 5779 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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work by ensuring that they can access advice and support for the direction that they are going in in developing the blueprint and also the integrated management system.

Yes, we do have people who are involved in the task force who have had some connection or involvement with the juvenile justice system, whether through running family programs or through consulting, working and advocating for young people who enter that system. It is not about undermining that activity; it is about saying that we have experts out there—experts in trauma and abuse, experts in child and youth psychology—in areas where we really need to be getting the latest best practice. It is not just about the research. The minister mentioned that there was a range of research. It is about having someone who can distil that down and apply it to the issues that are being raised through the development of the blueprint process.

Obviously the task force already have a very large role. It is about them having at their fingertips that advice, input and feedback from people who can distil down all that information and apply it in the local context to say that this is how you can go forward and this is the sort of thing you want in the blueprint in order to improve our youth justice system.

Mrs Dunne picked up on the part of my motion that talked about assessment tools. That is the sort of practical, on-the-ground involvement and advice that experts can give to this process.

Once again, I thank members who have contributed to this debate this morning. As I said, what we have done here is enhance the current processes in place and ensure that there is good support. We are all committed—that was one of the things that came out in the human rights report—and we do need to ensure that youth justice does not become a political football. I know that members in this place are committed to getting the best system in place. As I said, it is not just about providing a rehabilitative environment for children and young people and therefore ensuring that they take a more positive pathway in life, but about ensuring that this is a good thing for the broader Canberra community. I thank members for their contributions.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.12): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that on 1 December 2011, the Productivity Commission released its Early Childhood Development Workforce research report; and

(b) that the Productivity Commission’s report raises a number of issues including that:

(i) fees will rise by up to 15 percent;

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