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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Select committee for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Date posted: 26 March 2014

Minister for Children and Families, John Elferink, has given notice that a Select Committee will be established to investigate Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Northern Territory.

Mr Elferink will tomorrow, Wednesday 26 March, move a motion in Parliament to establish a Select Committee to examine the nature and extent of FASD which is caused by excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

It is proposed that the Committee inquire into and report on:

'The establishment of the Committee will provide an opportunity to explore the depth of the tragic social issue and consider the options available to protect an unborn child from FASD. I am optimistic that the Committee will be unified in its quest to seek answers to FASD and I expect that it will provide thoughtful and robust recommendations to the Parliament,' Mr Elferink said.

The Committee will comprise of three Government members, two Opposition members and an Independent member.

The Terms of Reference for the Committee and its membership will be debated on Wednesday and the Committee is expected to report at the end of the year.

Source: Northern Territory Government Newsroom


Danielle Lede
Northern Territory Government Newsroom
Mobile: 0404 515 414


Last updated: 25 March 2014
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