Page 3934 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015

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Finally, the bill contains consequential amendments to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 that are necessary following amendments in the bill to the definitions of carers. These amendments are contained in schedule 1 of the bill and allow for the continuation of existing practices for carers in being required to have a working with vulnerable people check.

The content of the bill that I have outlined today is part of broader work that has been occurring that reflects evidence-based practice, robust discussion and views of people who care for children and young people. Importantly, these amendments are shaped by the rights and best interests of children and young people who are most impacted by what happens in our child protection and out of home care systems.

This bill forms an essential part of achieving the vision under a step up for our kids. I would like to thank Minister Rattenbury and all his staff for the informed comment and interest they have shown in this important bill, and also Ms Lawder and her staff.

Agreement to this bill by members of the Assembly sends a powerful signal to the wider Canberra community that members in this place are united in their desire to see that the best interests of children and young people are paramount in the care and protection system.

I would also like to thank officials from the Community Services Directorate for their ongoing work in implementing a step up for our kids, and members in my office, particularly Neil Finch. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion by (Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Belconnen Dog Obedience Club

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.46): Canberra is a great city in which to own a dog. We have extensive greenbelts through and between our suburbs that are perfect for walking a dog. A well-socialised and trained dog goes a long way to making our extensive off-leash areas work for everyone. Tonight I pay tribute to the highly qualified volunteer dog trainers at the Belconnen Dog Obedience Club at Mitchell. They have done a great job over the last 40 years in training dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership.

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