Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4108 ..
It was in that context that I spoke about the additional support that the ACT government is providing to, for example, community legal centres. I spoke about the child and youth protection services’s trialling of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family group conferencing and other services.
I would remind the Assembly that CRS is continuing to receive more than $630,000 from the Community Services Directorate in this financial year to support its work in general family and dispute resolution, neighbourhood disputes and mediation between young people and their families when young people are at risk of homelessness.
In reviewing the interview on radio with Shawn van der Linden the other day, I also noted that he noted a number of times the availability—
Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, can you resume your seat? Point of order, Ms Lawder.
Ms Lawder: My point of order is to relevance. The question was about the Access Canberra website and other providers, not about how much money CRS receive and what they do.
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I think the minister addressed that with her comment that she will get back to Access Canberra and then went on to explain the context of the other range of services. That is how I have heard the response. Minister, you have 17 seconds.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I just wanted to note that Shawn van der Linden, a number of times in that interview, invited people to contact CRS if they were in need of the types of services that it offers. So, CRS services are still available to the people who need them most.
MRS KIKKERT: Have all ACT government departments been instructed to include other mediation providers in their referrals and publications?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: As Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, I do not think I am in a position to comment on what all other government agencies are doing with their websites.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, for Canberrans who wish to avoid the legal system, will you table a complete list of all service providers in the ACT that offer free or low-cost mediation or alternative dispute resolution?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In consultation with my colleagues, I will see what information can be provided to the Assembly on that matter.