Page 2602 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 5 June 2012

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The youth engagement services will continue to be applied across four networks. For example, the Woden Community Services, Southside Community Services and Anglicare will work with the south-western Weston area. Belconnen Community Services have responsibility for the Belconnen network. Communities@Work and the YWCA of Canberra are looking at the Tuggeranong network, and the Northside Community Services and Anglicare again are looking at the north and Gungahlin network.

I have an interest clearly in our neck of the woods, Mr Hargreaves, down at Tuggeranong. In the Tuggeranong region there is a range of services that continue or will be delivered to vulnerable children and young people. These include an information and engagement coordination service delivered by Parentline and Communities@Work. There is an intensive intervention service delivered by Barnardos. There is a therapeutic service delivered by Relationships Australia, Companion House and the YWCA. There is a culturally and linguistically diverse youth engagement service that is delivered by Companion House and the Multicultural Youth Services, both fantastic organisations working with people from a cold background. Case management activities are delivered by the Canberra PCYC, Barnardos, the Smith Family and CatholicCare. These are all great organisations that do a fantastic job for particularly those groups, for the people of Brindabella and Tuggeranong.

Distinguished visitors

MR SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge that we are joined in the Assembly today by visiting members of the Parliament of Kiribati. I would like to welcome Mrs Tekanene MP, the Minister of Education, and Mr Kumkee, a member of the opposition. We welcome you to the ACT Assembly.

I would also like to acknowledge that we are joined by a former member of the Assembly, Mr Mick Gentleman, in the public gallery today. I welcome you back to the Assembly, Mr Gentleman.

I would also note that we are joined by the ANU women’s group in the Assembly today, who have come to observe question time. I welcome you to the Assembly, ladies.

Questions without notice


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Chief Minister, over the past decade, demand for health services in the ACT has grown exponentially. Can you please advise the Assembly how this government has transformed the health system since coming to office and are you aware of any alternative views?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank the member for the question. Demand for health services has been growing very rapidly over many years.

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