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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 13..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

I move:

That the report be noted.

I thank other committee members for their participation in this inquiry. I also thank our secretary. We made a number of recommendations. I will speak briefly to a couple of them. The majority of the recommendations relate to information and information gathering and are very similar to things other committees have said.

One of the recommendations relates to the Quamby gym. The committee is united in its feeling that the gym should be fast-tracked within the government's budget. The committee visited Quamby a number of months ago, and it was very clear to all of us that there is a need for these young people. I hope the government looks very closely at that.

In a similar vein, the committee recommended that the government look at some of some of the things that the Children's Magistrate, Mr Shane Madden, has been saying recently, in particular in relation to youth rehabilitation and options available to him, so I look forward to the government's response to that.

The committee also recommended that the Assembly be provided with some more information on the unmet need for drug rehabilitation in a wider sense.

The final recommendation I will speak about is in relation to probity checks. There was some concern in the committee's ranks that perhaps consultants, such as those hired to look at the prison, had not gone through the proper probity checks. It is obviously a concern to us. Nothing untoward was suggested about any person hired, but it is only proper that it be done properly.

Once again, I thank members for their participation, and I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 63

MR HIRD (11.25): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 63-1999-2000 Annual Report of the Department of Urban Services, dated 6 February 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

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