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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 178..


MR SMYTH: Minister, have there been any instances of employed staff or private security guards working at Bimberi without first being issued with a personal duress alarm device? If yes, why and for how long?

MS BURCH: I think I will go back to the previous question, saying that the policy is in place, and I will take that on notice, and it will form part of the review. I am happy to bring what I can back to the Assembly.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—youth workers

MR COE: The question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. It relates to a speech that the minister made in the Assembly on 8 December last year in which she said that nine youth workers had been recruited and had undergone training—and I quote from Hansard—"and will commence duties at Bimberi next week". I seek leave to table the relevant extract from the Hansard.

Leave granted.

MR COE: I table the following paper:

Extract from Hansard, 8 December 2010.

Minister, did those nine fully trained youth workers begin work at Bimberi during the week beginning Monday, 13 December 2010? If no, why not?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Coe for his question. There have been recruitment processes and people starting at various times over the last couple of months at Bimberi. I am quite happy to get the numbers. A lot of people are trained. They go through the induction course and at the end of the time they choose not to take up the employment there. So the numbers through the induction course may not be those that are ultimately employed, but I am quite happy to take the advice and come back.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how many of those recruits are still employed at Bimberi and are they undertaking the tasks that they were engaged to do?

MS BURCH: I will clearly have to take that on notice and identify the nine that I made reference to in December, and come back.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, apart from those nine you referred to on 8 December, how many other youth workers have been recruited and trained since the beginning of December 2010? When did they or when will they commence work, and will they commence work doing the jobs that they were trained to do?


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