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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (15 October) . . Page.. 4662..


Prisons—needles and syringes

(Question No 290)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

Do all detainees, on remand and detention, have access to bleach or fincol for the purpose of cleaning needles and syringes; if not, why not and (a) how can detainees get access to needle and syringe cleaning products and (b) when will all detainees be guaranteed access to needle and syringe cleaning products.

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

ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) does not supply prisoners with needles and syringes. Cleaning products for the purpose of cleaning needles and syringes are therefore not provided.

a) ACTCS currently supplies prisoners with a cleaning product known as Fincol for the purpose of cleaning their accommodation areas. Research suggests that this product may be effective against certain blood borne viruses.

b) There are no plans to provide prisoners with products specifically for the purpose of cleaning needles and syringes.

Education—students—attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

(Question No 291)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

(1) What is the number of school students affected with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

(2) What strategies are currently employed to help students with ADHD overcome their behavioural problems.

(3) What specific avenues of treatment are available within the schools.

(4) Has suspension from school proved an effective mechanism when trying to address issues with students.

(5) What guidelines are there around the length of suspensions imposed.

(6) How many students have been suspended more than once.

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

It should be noted that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and suspensions from government schools are not directly linked or correlated. Thus responses (1), (2) and (3) do not relate to (4), (5) and (6).


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