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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2860..


Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—needle and syringe program

Budget—mental health

MS GALLAGHER: I have a couple of outstanding matters, one from question time last week and one from this week.

Mrs Dunne asked me if there were any plans for a needle and syringe program in Bimberi. I answered that the answer was no but that I would check up. I can confirm that there are no plans for a needle and syringe program run by Corrections Health at Bimberi.

In relation to a question from Ms Bresnan yesterday around the supported hospital exit program, I can assure Ms Bresnan that $48,000 will be allocated to and delivered by a non-government agency in the community sector and that the SHEP is currently being trialled at Calvary hospital by the Mental Health Foundation, as you are probably aware, and the program for ongoing funding will be subject to procurement requirements under the Government Procurement Act.

Organised crime—government response to resolution of the Assembly

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (2.57): Mr Speaker, pursuant to a resolution of the Assembly on 1 April 2009, I present the following paper:

Serious organised crime groups and activities—Government report to the ACT Legislative Assembly, dated June 2009.

Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the report.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I am pleased to present to the Assembly the government's report on serious and organised crime groups and activities in response to a resolution of the Assembly passed on 1 April this year.

This report provides advice on the nature and operation of existing territory laws used to combat organised crime groups and any proposed review of such laws; issues arising from the South Australian Serious and Organised Crime (Control) Act 2008, including any available early evidence as to its operation and efficacy in reducing


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