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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1882


Senator GARETH EVANS —Yesterday Senator Foreman asked me a question about the Adelaide Access Handover Centre. I am now in a position to advise him as follows: The Centre, run by the Adelaide Central Mission, was a 12-month pilot project intended to gather information about such a centre for purposes of evaluation. There was no mention of ongoing Commonwealth funding made at any stage with the Commonwealth clearly stating that it was funding only a pilot scheme for just 12 months. Independent evaluation of that pilot project and the comments of the Adelaide Central Mission which ran the service have been received and are being examined. The Attorney-General's Department, the Family Court of Australia and the Institute of Family Studies are all involved in that examination. A long term decision is yet to be made on the concept of access handover centres. The Attorney-General recognises and sympathises with the difficulties faced by people who are unable to satisfactorily resolve their access problems. The value of the service in preventing violence is certainly an aspect to be considered. However, I have to say in answer to Senator Foreman that no funding to the Adelaide Centre by the Commonwealth is being considered at this stage.