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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 608..


As to the number of MSS staff, I can certainly take that on notice. As I have stated here, it is my preference that MSS staff use is kept to a minimum, but if numbers of young residents in Bimberi are such that we do not have the trained youth detention workers to cover that situation, it is essential that we have adequate security cover, so MSS staff are used. But it is our view that MSS staff are not left unsupervised; they are not to have direct contact with youth unless supervised by a youth detention worker.

As far as staff numbers are concerned, Ms Hunter, I know that seven new youth detention workers commenced an induction course in January, and these workers will become operational, I understand, this week or next week. A further induction course commenced on 11 February, and three youth detention workers are participating in that course. They are expected to come online, I think, the following week after that. That will result in another 10 inducted youth detention workers coming online certainly by the latter part of this month.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, have you been approached by any current or former employees of the Alexander Maconochie Centre recently in relation to concerns around the supply of needles and/or the supply of illicit substances by staff to prisoners? If so, what action are you taking?

MR CORBELL: Not that I can recall, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Minister, have you been approached by any current or former employee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in relation to staff covering up missing substances from the AMC medical centre?

MR CORBELL: Not that I can recall, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Minister, are you confident that all procedures around the supply of needles and control of substances at the AMC medical centre are being followed?

MR CORBELL: The provision of needles for medical procedures and other medical material such as prescription medication is the responsibility of Corrections Health and is properly referred to the Minister for Health.

MS GALLAGHER: Certainly within the first 12 months of the AMC we had a review done of procedures within the Hume medical centre to look at safety and security around medicines. I understand that there is a review about to commence to have a look at those processes again. I think the recommendations from the first review were all implemented. It did have a number of recommendations around


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