Page 2633 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 7 August 2013

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I do not think anyone will be able to estimate whether, if we did not have the walk-in centre there, presentations at the emergency department would have grown faster than they have grown. I would accept that there are mixed views around it. Those views differ depending on your particular background and perhaps your expertise in different fields. But I do not think anyone will be able to unpick it and determine a causal effect from the walk-in centre to the emergency department at Canberra Hospital.

Crime—criminal assets

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, you recently announced the recipients of the ACT government’s 2013-14 confiscation of criminal assets trust fund grants program. Can you please outline for the Assembly who the grant recipients are?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that last month I announced 10 community organisations and two government organisations would receive grants this year from the confiscation of criminal assets trust fund. The trust fund is a very important element of the criminal justice system in providing for restoration for the harm caused by crime where that crime results in material gain which can be then confiscated following the successful conviction of a person.

This year I am pleased to confirm that a total of just over $100,000 will benefit 12 organisations in the ACT to assist with crime prevention and support to victims of crime in the ACT. A number of organisations have received this funding, including the Police Citizens Youth Club for a new youth crime prevention café, Legal Aid ACT, the Women’s Centre for Health Matters for their summer of respect respectful relationships advertising—very important in the context of tackling violence against women and children—and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for their initiative—a very important initiative—for workplace tragedy family support.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR CORBELL: Mr Hanson should not laugh, Madam Speaker, because this is a group established to support families whose relatives are killed in workplace accidents. It is not laughing matter. It is not a joke. It is a very important initiative, something that addresses a real gap in the support to families whose loved ones are killed in the workplace. Often they are killed and they are victims of crime because of the failure to properly adhere to safety standards in workplaces. It is a great initiative and I am very pleased the government is supporting it.

Of course, there is also the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre for their all about rape resource specifically designed to assist men in addressing their offending behaviours and tackle issues around rape. A grant went to Menslink, an excellent community organisation, for their young men winter camp program, and also to three other projects: the Kambah Playgroups Association, which sought funding for improved lighting at Thiess Cottage to help improve safety and prevent crime at their facility,

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