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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 441..

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services), by leave: Before I table these documents, can I just highlight to members the circumstances and the issues surrounding them? Members would be aware that on 23 February the Chief Minister and I wrote to Mrs Dunne as Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety and to the Speaker, respectively, concerning information that we had provided to the Assembly and to the committee of the Assembly in relation to drug-testing procedure at the AMC.

Members would be aware that the Chief Minister and I have advised members that the information we were provided by my department in relation to drug-testing procedure of prisoners on admission at the AMC was inaccurate and that as a result we had inadvertently misled the Assembly. The Chief Minister and I have written to the Speaker and to the relevant standing committee correcting the record and apologising for any confusion that has been caused.

A number of members have expressed interest in seeing documents that the Chief Minister and I relied upon for the purposes of providing that advice and, accordingly, today I table a speech prepared for me and used by the Chief Minister on 22 September last year in relation to drug-testing procedure at the AMC.

I am also tabling a question time brief provided to me in relation to drug and contraband urinalysis procedure at the AMC, an annual reports hearing brief used and relied upon by me in relation to answering questions in relation to drug-testing urinalysis procedure at the AMC and, finally, an email provided to my office from the then Executive Director of Corrections ACT on the date of the debate in the Assembly confirming the procedure that the Chief Minister and I subsequently indicated to members in relation to urinalysis testing of prisoners at the AMC. I present the following papers:

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Drugs and contraband/urinalysis—Copy of—

Ministerial speech prepared for the Attorney-General, dated 21 September 2010.

Email from Lisa Blundell, on behalf of James Ryan, to Kim Hosking, dated 22 September 2010.

Annual Report Hearings 2009/10—Hearing brief—Accurate as at 2 November 2010.

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