Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2374 ..
themselves an aspirational goal of recruiting 80 more foster carers. This will assist in providing the best possible match for children and young people when they come into care. But for that goal to be achieved, ACT Together and the ACT government would like all Canberrans to consider what role they can play in supporting vulnerable children and young people in need of care. ACT Together holds regular information sessions for anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer.
There are various types of fostering, from short-term emergency care and respite care through to longer term options including the potential for adoption. Every carer can make a big difference to the life of a child or young person. Canberra is a supportive and caring community in which we can all play a part in looking after the next generation of Canberrans.
We are stepping up for our kids but we can always do more. That is why we have established the independent oversight, both by the committee I referred to earlier and the ministerial council monitoring the implementation of A step up for our kids. I encourage everyone to get involved in a positive way.
Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Answers to questions on notice
Questions 245, 320, 329, 331, 333 and 338
MR COE: I have some questions on notice that are overdue. Under standing order118A, I seek an explanation.
MADAM SPEAKER: From which minister?
MR COE: The Minister for Transport and City Services. Those questions are Nos 245, 329, 331, 333 and 338.
MS FITZHARRIS: I was due to rise given yesterday’s discussion. However, Mr Coe beat me to it. I would be grateful if Mr Coe could repeat those numbers. One of them does not appear on the notice paper.
Mr Coe: I believe they are Nos 245, 329, 331, 333 and 338.
MS FITZHARRIS: My apologies, Madam Speaker. A number of those were signed off on yesterday. There remain three of those outstanding after yesterday. I have asked the directorate and my office to make sure that they are here as soon as possible. As I outlined yesterday, I want to give a full response to the many numbers of questions we have received. I will provide them again as soon as possible. I do not have the specific numbers of those that were responded to, but I will provide a further update as soon as I can.
MR COE: I note that we received two overdue questions on notice yesterday, but as of 2.10 pm today those ones that I mentioned are outstanding. Further to those, Madam Speaker, there is one to the Treasurer, who again has slipped out—as he did