Page 173 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 15 February 2012

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MR SMYTH: Minister, which of your staff made the decision to refer the PM’s office to Ms Sattler? Do you agree that that was the appropriate referral?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I am not going to name members of my staff. It is the role of my office to answer inquiries. We get frequent inquiries from federal ministers and it is our role to be helpful.

Youth justice—blueprint

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and relates to the youth justice advisory panel. On 7 December 2011 the Assembly passed a motion calling for the establishment of a youth justice advisory panel to assist in the development and implementation of the blueprint for youth justice. Minister, in your tabling statement yesterday you did not mention the panel. There is also no mention of the establishment of the panel in the brief blueprint consultation paper. Minister, can you advise when the panel will be appointed?

MS BURCH: The establishment of the panel was as a result of a motion in this Assembly. I have every confidence in the implementation group that is working towards the blueprint. It is in the middle of quite a broad community consultation on that. The directorate and the implementation panel are working on how we can best implement and pull together the membership of the panel.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: The question was not answered, but I will move on. How will the panel be involved when it is established—if you can give us a date for that—and how will it then be involved in the development and the implementation of the blueprint?

MS BURCH: The notion of the panel is around having expert advice and input into a range of matters that have clearly been set out in the blueprint. As far as absolute end machinations about how that will happen, that is yet to be determined. But there is certainly merit in having the implementation group and the community input into our blueprint, being supplemented and advised and, in many ways, guided by an expert panel, of which the membership is yet to be determined and of which the final process, a model, is yet to be determined. When I have that information I am more than happy to bring it back to the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, can you advise if any experts in child and youth psychology, vulnerable families, trauma, abuse and youth justice have been approached to be on the panel to assist in the development and implementation of the blueprint for youth justice?

MS BURCH: I am aware that the implementation panel in the directorate is having a conversation about the final membership, the model for that, and how it is intersecting and relating to the development of the blueprint and the work of the implementation

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