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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5945..

staff, at my instructions, have again been reminded of their rights to access the employment assistance program and other obligations that management have in support of staff there.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you. Minister, what standard procedures are in place for dealing with incidents of self-harm by detainees, and are those procedures followed in each and every case? If not, why not?

MS BURCH: Management has a process of how it deals with incidences, and incidences of self-harm are reviewed. There was an incident back a number of months ago. As I have said, it has had two independent reviews, so it has been looked at from two angles, and I am awaiting those final reports and I expect them certainly within the next two weeks.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what counselling and ongoing support are offered to detainees who self-harm, and are those services offered in each and every case? If not, why not?

MS BURCH: I think the process at Bimberi is that they are offered to residents there. Residents are encouraged to participate in counselling and support. There is an official visitor, and there is a range of non-government organisations that regularly go to Bimberi and have connections with and give support to a number of the residents there.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what data is gathered as to the issues that cause detainees to self-harm? If none is gathered, why? And if data is gathered, what trends are emerging?

MS BURCH: I have already stated that each is reviewed and I am waiting for two recent reviews. I expect them within the week or so.


MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. Will the minister please advise the Assembly how the government proposes to involve the community in managing the ACT's waste over the next 15 years.

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. I was pleased today to launch the ACT's draft sustainable waste strategy for 2010-25 for public consultation.

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