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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3680..


Griffin Centre-security

(Question No 539)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) How many swipe cards will the Minister be directing the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services to issue to tenants and visitors to gain access to the new 'high security' Griffin Centre;

(2) Why wasn't the matter of access to the building discussed and decided upon during the initial planning process;

(3) Why are the tenants of the Griffin Centre now footing the costs of security in the new Griffin Centre.

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

(1) The issue of the cards to tenants and users is a matter for the Griffin Centre to determine and is not an issue for Ministerial direction;

(2) Access to the building was considered and discussed during the initial planning phase. It was decided to install a swipe card access system based on the work done at that time. Following further discussions with the ACT Council of Cultural and Community Organisations Inc, a consultant was engaged to provide additional advice. That report has been received and is being considered by the Department in close consultation with the Council;

(3) The tenants of the old Griffin Centre met the security costs of that building.

Libraries-internet pornography

(Question No 540)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

What measures does the ACT Government have in place to block access to pornography on the internet at public libraries and other venues where the public have access to the internet, in order to protect children from accidental or deliberate access to pornography.

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

(1) A filtering system called Content Keeper has been in place to block access to pornography on the Internet in all public library branches since March 2004. Content Keeper also blocks internet sites that include:

    • Adult Content
    • Violence/Undesirable content
    • Malicious - ie hacking etc.


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