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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1110 ..

The provision of AEDC community regional forums for the government, Catholic and independent school sectors in partnership with the child and family centres and local community services shows how our community and government are working together to effect change for children. These forums provided an opportunity for schools to better understand their school summary AEDC results, how this can be used to inform school planning and what family support services are available in their local area to support children and their families.

Madam Speaker, this is one way in which the evidence detailed in A Picture of ACT’s Children and Young People is being used to inform evidence-based development of policy and practice in our community. Building strong families and communities that are inclusive and support and nurture children and young people is another priority area of the commitment. The e-learning course for professionals and practitioners working with families from pre-birth to eight years, initially developed in South Australia, is an excellent example of a collaborative, strengths-based approach to realise this priority.

Finally, to celebrate and acknowledge the significant contribution that young people make to our community, the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards will be hosted on 31 March 2017.

The importance of having a common vision for children and young people for everyone in the ACT, as outlined in the commitment, is critical in supporting both the government’s and the community’s ability to work collaboratively to make a positive difference for children and young people in the ACT. The information and data reported in this year’s A Picture of ACT’s Children and Young People publication is already enabling us to reflect on areas where we are doing well and consider areas for improvement. I present the following statement:

ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015-2025—Progress update on the implementation—Ministerial statement, 28 March 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 15 December 2016, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.54): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill. At the outset, I would like to thank the Attorney-General and his staff for briefing my office.

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