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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 May 2015) . . Page.. 1290 ..

Finally, I would like to acknowledge Emma Robertson and her hardworking team at the Youth Coalition of the ACT for their coordination of National Youth Week in the territory, as well as the young people themselves who ran and contributed to all the events across the ACT. The 2015 National Youth Week in the ACT was a great success and I look forward to next year’s celebration of the contributions, successes and vitality of young people here in this great city of Canberra.

I present the following paper:

National Youth Week—Ministerial statement, 5 May 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (11.01): National Youth Week is a fantastic celebration of young people in our community. Since its official start on 10 April there has been a range of events covering entertainment, discussion of important issues, healthy eating and much more, which we have heard about from the minister. Who could not be impressed by events including the National Youth Week expo in Garema Place and the Right Here Right Now installation at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston, where 10,000 Canberra students took part with their self-portraits saying why adults should listen to them; the National Youth Week conference, which brought young people from across Australia to talk about today’s issues, whether they were national or international; the healthy cooking demonstration at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre; and the Just Sayin’ forum for young people to talk directly to the ACT government, where ACT government ministers Yvette Berry, Shane Rattenbury and Mick Gentleman met and talked to young people about what is important to them?

Each of those events represents the way young people have been able to make their voices heard during National Youth Week in Canberra. Our challenge as a society, as the minister has said, is to step up to ensure that this is not just one of those once a year exercises. I commend the ACT government for their commitment to this initiative.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 26 March 2015, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.03): The opposition will support the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. This omnibus bill amends nine acts administered by JACS. In the main, the amendments are minor and non-controversial and do not amount to significant policy changes. I will comment briefly on each of the amendments.

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