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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 182..


I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Youth justice

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (2.55): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the commencement, in accordance with a resolution of the Assembly, made on 8 December 2010, of the inquiry into the youth justice system in the ACT, including Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and Community Youth Justice and the human rights audit into conditions of detention in Bimberi Youth Justice Centre;

(b) the breaches of confidence committed by the Children and Young People Commissioner in relation to a matter brought to his attention prior to commencement of the inquiry by a staff member at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre;

(c) the breaches of confidence were contrary to the practice of the Human Rights Commission; and

(d) the continuing deterioration in the quality and standards of youth justice in the ACT;

(2) expresses its:

(a) want of confidence in the Children and Young People Commissioner to undertake the inquiry referred to in paragraph (1)(a); and

(b) concern that the behaviour of the incumbent Children and Young People Commissioner may compromise the integrity and credibility of the position;

(3) calls on the Attorney-General to:

(a) discontinue immediately the inquiry and human rights audit referred to in paragraph (1)(a);

(b) take appropriate counselling and/or disciplinary action in response to the behaviour referred to in paragraphs (1)(b) and (1)(c) of the incumbent Children and Young People Commissioner; and

(c) report to the Assembly in relation to paragraphs (3)(a) and (3)(b) before the close of business on the Assembly sitting day scheduled for 8 March 2011; and

(4) calls on the Executive to appoint a board of inquiry, in accordance with the Inquiries Act 1991, to inquire and report, by 30 June 2011, into the matters


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