Page 5814 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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Youth justice—blueprint

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, in a letter to you dated 26 October 2011, the Human Rights Commission advised that it would remain engaged with the youth justice implementation task force and CSD through the development and implementation of the blueprint for youth justice in the ACT and the integrated management system at Bimberi. However, the commission also flagged that it would write to the director-general of CSD to seek discussions on whether additional funding might be made available to the commission to enable it to carry out its intentions. Minister, have those discussions taken place? If yes, what was the government’s response?

MS BURCH: Mrs Dunne has made reference to a conversation between the commissioner for children and young people and the director-general of the Community Services Directorate. There are a number of conversations that happen between the Human Rights Commission and the director-general, and I am quite happy to bring some detail back on that as I become aware of their finalisation.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the minister has clearly misunderstood the question. I asked her whether discussions had taken place between the Human Rights Commission and CSD about extra funding for the Human Rights Commission.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, do you want to add anything further with that clarification?

MS BURCH: I have just answered it.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne has the floor for a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question.

Members interjecting

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne has the floor for a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you tell the Assembly how much the commission has asked for, how much the government is prepared to provide and whether there is a difference between the two?

MS BURCH: I am not aware of the detail. As I have said in the response to her first question, I am happy to bring back information as those discussions are finalised.

MR COE: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, does the government support fully and absolutely the commission’s resolve to monitor how the government responds to its report and recommendations?

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