Page 4295 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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Mr Wall: Yes, that was the question.


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why is the projected cost per house the same, given the varying demands on each service?

MS BURCH: Well, again, without constructing that myself, I assume it would be on the number of beds. Service provision and support is 24/7—seven days a week, 24 hours—on the number of beds, Mr Wall.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how does the government expect an NGO service provider to operate these services for less than half the amount that the government currently spends?

MS BURCH: If you had been aware of some of the conversation, this is a new model of care, so the cost would be different.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, how important is it to provide support for these services?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Gentleman for his question. Respite care is incredibly important for families. It gives them a break. It allows the young person or adult to have a break from families and it lets the families go away on holidays. So it is certainly a critical part of how we support individuals and families here in the ACT.

What we have done with this tender is to have made the decision to move from being a direct service provider. Madam Speaker, that was very much something you were in favour of—government moving out of service provision—prior to the election. We have taken that decision and we have put these three houses out to tender.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call another member for a question without notice, during Mrs Jones’s supplementary she referred to Mr Rattenbury as “the Green Grinch”. I would ask you to withdraw.

Mrs Jones: I withdraw.

Children and young people—care and protection

MS BERRY: My question is to the minister for children, youth and family support. The Community Services Directorate has recently released a discussion paper to assist in the development of the out-of-home care strategy 2015-2020. Can you provide the Assembly with some information about this discussion paper and future direction of out-of-home care services in the ACT?

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