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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 801..


Answers to questions

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs (Question No 1287)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 7 December 2010:

What is the number of drug tests by urinalysis conducted in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, by month, between 1 November 2009 and 30 November 2010 and was each test conducted (a) upon entry to the Alexander Maconochie Centre, (b) based on information, "targeted tests", (c) as part of rehabilitation programs or (d) randomly.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The total number of urinalysis tests conducted at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) from 1 November 2009 to 30 November 2010 was 896. A breakdown of these tests by month is as follows:

Nov 2009 Dec 2009 Jan 2010 Feb 2010 Mar 2010 Apr 2010 May 2010 Jun 2010 Jul 2010 Aug 2010 Sep 2010 Oct 2010 Nov 2010 TOTAL New Receptions 24 8 1 4 4 5 11 2 3 2 0 2 0 66 Targeted 63 44 25 39 50 20 52 46 39 40 19 14 21 472 Random 0 169 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 189 0 358 TOTAL 87 221 26 43 54 25 63 48 42 42 19 205 21 896

The total number of targeted urinalysis tests includes tests of prisoners who participated in rehabilitation programs. These tests were not identified separately.

Towards the end of 2010, oral and swab testing was introduced to conduct preliminary screenings of prisoners for presence of drugs. Such testing is a less intrusive method of drug testing. Negative results from these preliminary screenings may result in no further (urinalysis) testing being conducted. Further, during this period a new provider was engaged to conduct urinalysis testing of prisoners at the AMC.

Government—media and communications advisers (Question Nos 1361 and 1364)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2010:

(1) How many staff are employed as media advisers or communications advisers in each department and agency in the Minister's portfolio.

(2) What is the average salary of each staff referred to in part (1).

(3) How many staff (a) are employed as graphic designers and (b) manage advertising as their primary responsibility.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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