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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 72..


Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As required by the Financial Management Act, I table a copy of the authorisation in relation to the Treasurer's advance to the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. Section 18 allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer's advance. Section 18A requires that within three sitting days the Treasurer present to the Assembly a copy of the authorisation of the statement and a summary of the total expenditure. Under this instrument $70,000 was provided to the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services to make out a grant payment to 2XX FM radio station to upgrade their current equipment to allow them to continue to provide community radio broadcasting. I commend the papers to the Assembly.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15 (2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2007-2008 (1 July to 30 September 2007).

Human rights audit—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.18): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Human Rights Act, pursuant to subsection 41 (2)—Human Rights Audit—Operation of ACT Correctional Facilities under Corrections Legislation—Government response, dated February 2008

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: The ACT Human Rights Office began an audit of the ACT remand facilities in August 2006 and the final report was tabled in the Assembly in August 2007. The government has welcomed the opportunity to have an independent audit of its remand centres during preparation for the commissioning of the Alexander Maconochie Centre, or AMC, Australia's first prison to be operated and designed on human rights principles.

The report highlights the limitations of operating custodial services from the Belconnen remand centre and these have been long acknowledged by this government. It is those limitations that directly influenced the decision to build a new prison in the ACT. It is the same limitations that hinder the delivery of expected standards for correctional practice.


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