Page 3593 - Week 08 - Friday, 24 August 2012

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Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2012—Supplementary explanatory statement.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority—Proposed Basin Plan—ACT Government Six Month Report on Progress with the ACT’s Basin Plan Negotiations, dated August 2012, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 27 October 2010.

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Kambah Ovals—Upgrading of facilities—Mr Seselja (370 signatures).

Ms Burch presented the following papers:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly reports 2011-2012:

Third quarter (1 January to 31 March 2012).

Fourth quarter (1 April to 30 June 2012).

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—Staffing—Answer to question without notice, taken on notice during question time on 23 August 2012, dated 24 August 2012.

Appropriation Bill 2012-2013

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2012-2013

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee report

Estimates 2011-2012—Select Committee report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.14—Community Services Directorate—$229,199,000 (net cost of outputs), $30,993,000 (capital injection) and $41,658,000 (payments on behalf of the territory), totalling $301,850,000.

Debate resumed.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (2.04): Once again we have witnessed increased funding to crisis response services in the ACT that are delivered to children, young people and families. We recognise that this type of response is unfortunately always needed, and any funding put towards the vulnerable within the community is always welcome. I am, however, concerned that little funds are allocated towards prevention or early intervention. In fact, we have seen some of these critical programs, such as youth centres and their role in early intervention, severely restricted. The ACT Greens have concerns about the implications this has for the long-term health, wellbeing and prosperity of young people in the Canberra community. We believe there needs to be a shifting and a refocus on early intervention and prevention. This is a better way; it is a great investment; it is also fiscally and socially better for the community.

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