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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5682..


MRS DUNNE: Minister, who made the decision to put the application forms in the show bags?

MS BURCH: The show bags were compiled by a staff member.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, when you went to visit the school, were there any questions asked of you regarding the contents of that material, particularly in reference to the Labor club, or was it all about policies and politics? What was the response from the audience that you addressed?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. Indeed, there was no reference from the children in the civics groups to the bags. They were provided in the room for the students to take or not take at their choice. It was certainly not imposed on them in any way, shape or form.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, again, Mr Speaker, on that?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Was there any response, was there any contact with your office by parents of those students who were upset about the contents of those bags?

MS BURCH: Indeed, I have not been approached by any—

Mr Smyth: Bingo!

MS BURCH: point-scoring over there—by any of the students, teachers or families of the school. Indeed, the first correspondence I had on the issue was from Mr Coe.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—crisis support unit

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and is about the AMC's crisis support unit. Minister, I understand concerns have been raised about the length of time detainees can be held in the AMC's crisis support unit and ACT Corrective Services is undertaking a substantial amount of work to respond to the concerns. Minister, can you please advise the Assembly what is the average amount of time a detainee would normally spend in the crisis support unit when they need monitoring, and what is the longest time any detainee has spent there?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. I cannot advise of the particulars of the matters that Ms Bresnan is asking me about. I will need to take that element of the question on notice. What I would say, however, is that obviously the individual circumstances of each individual prisoner will dictate the extent of time they are required to remain in the crisis support unit. I am happy to provide more detail around the particulars that Ms Bresnan asks about.


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