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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3212..


MR HANSON (continuing):

advise the Assembly about the status of ACT Corrective Services' investigations into the death, as well as the involvement of other agencies in the investigation?

MR HARGREAVES: My understanding is that, if any death occurs in a correctional institution, it is automatically referred to the Coroner, and that is where it stands.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question?

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you advise if there have been any interim measures adopted at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in the wake of the death?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. These matters trigger an automatic review of procedures. I have not been advised of the conclusion of such a review. In any event, it would be most appropriate for us to review the efficacy of procedures and then await any comment by the Coroner before moving forward. But I do thank Mr Hanson for the question.

Work safety

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Minister, the Work Safety Act and regulations are scheduled to commence on 1 October this year. In relation to the regulations, you issued an exposure draft and invited submissions, which closed on 20 July just past. Minister, how many submissions did you receive and what objections or concerns were raised in those submissions?

MR HARGREAVES: That is a very good question. It deserves a very good answer. So I will go away and get one.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: When you are going away and getting the answer—I could probably table enough of them to inform the minister—and looking into that, minister, can you also advise the Assembly whether you will be making any amendments to the draft regulations and, if those changes are forthcoming, will they impact on the commencement date of the regulations?

MR HARGREAVES: I will give the suggestions given to me by Mrs Dunne all of the consideration that they are worth.

Housing—affordability

MS PORTER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Could the Chief Minister update the Assembly on the government's progress in promoting housing affordability through the creation of a housing continuum?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Porter for the question and for her continuing deep interest in the subject and for the grasp that she has of an initiative that does demand a sophisticated and coherent response across a number of areas.


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