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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3640..


Prisons and prisoners

(Question No 1661)

Mr Smyth asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) How many (a) public service corrections staff and (b) custodial officers in corrective services have (i) resigned and (ii) taken stress leave in 2003-04;

(2) Have any reasons for resignation or stress leave been offered; if so, what are those reasons;

(3) Does the Minister have any concerns about staffing in corrective services; if so, in what areas;

(4) Have any concerns about staffing been raised with the Minister at all during 2003-04; if so, what (a) concerns have been raised and (b) did the Minister do to ease or fix those concerns.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (i) During 2003-04, nine officers in corrective services resigned. Of these, (a) five were public service corrections staff and (b) four were custodial staff.

(ii) During 2003-04, five workers' compensation claims were lodged, where the absence from work was attributed to mental stress and subsequent psychological injuries. Of these, (a) two were public service corrections staff and (b) three were custodial officers.

(2) In the case of each of the five public service corrections staff, the reason given for their resignation was that they were taking up other employment.

Of the custodial officers, two indicated that they were taking up other employment. The other two were custodial officer trainees, who were found not suitable and left during the training course.

(3) I have no concern about staffing in Corrective Services.

(4) The responsibility for management of staff lies with the Chief Executive and his delegates.

Consultants

(Question Nos 1662-1665)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) In relation to contracts for the financial year 2003-04, for each agency the Minister is responsible, what is the (a) number of contracts, (b) number of consultants, (c) number of contractors, (d) number of labour hire firms, (e) number of contracts containing labour hire component, (f) number of contracts with no labour hire component, (g) types of services provided, (h) number of contracts needing extension after 2003: (i) numbers of each type of contract used, in the following categories: (i) standard, (ii) schedule of fees,

(iii) quote/lump sum, (iv) invoice and (v) other, (j) number of services outsourced in the


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