Page 3888 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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As I was saying—and I think I did answer Mrs Kikkert’s first question—finding permanent, safe, secure and loving homes for children who are not able to return to their birth families is one of the fundamental pillars of the step up for our kids strategy, and we do that because we understand that being in a home that is not safe is traumatic, coming into care is traumatic and moving backwards and forwards between different situations is particularly traumatic for children and young people. What we want them to do is have a safe, secure and loving home where they can grow and thrive, and that is one of the fundamental premises of the step up for our kids strategy.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what data do you have that directly links increased community awareness with the fact that the territory’s children are spending more time in out of home care?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: As I said, I have not actually linked increased awareness to children spending more time in out of home care. I think I have already answered that question.

Greyhound racing—transition package

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services, in the gaming and racing space, and in particular greyhounds. Minister, I have seen a copy of a letter in relation to an ad hoc meeting of the industry task force team that is scheduled for this afternoon. The letter states:


Canberra Greyhound Racing Club—

staff members will be unavailable with race commitments. Local trainers and other participants will be either committed to racing activities or to their own work and businesses. The scheduled meeting time could not be at a more impractical venue or at a more inconvenient time, if genuine engagement was sought.

Minister, pray tell, how many industry participants attended this meeting this afternoon, given it was scheduled on the same day and at the same time as a local race meeting?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for his question. I note in passing that the Canberra greyhound club website mentions that their races are held on Wednesdays and Sundays, and I note that today is Tuesday. However, my observation is that the task force—

Mr Parton interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you let the minister answer, Mr Parton?

MR RAMSAY: The task force wrote some weeks ago. I am aware that there was a response that came through from the CGRC yesterday in relation to a number of matters. My encouragement to the CGRC and to its members, to the people who are

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