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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1005..


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Youth justice system

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that on 31 January 2011, the Human Rights Commission announced the details of its inquiry into the youth justice system in the ACT, including Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and Community Youth Justice, and a comprehensive human rights audit into conditions of detention in Bimberi Youth Justice Centre begun in accordance with a resolution of the Assembly made on 8 December 2010; and

(b) the continuing matters of concern emerging during the process of the inquiry, including:

(i) the link between the sacking of a woodwork trainer at Bimberi and his complaining to the Human Rights Commission;

(ii) the concerns made publicly on 29 March 2011 by a former visual arts teacher at Bimberi; and

(iii) the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services advising certain of its staff of the need for them to work out a strategy with departmental management staff if the Human Rights Commission approaches them for input to the inquiry process;

(2) expresses its concern about the continuing emergence of issues relating to the management and operations of the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services; and

(3) calls on the:

(a) Attorney-General to discontinue immediately the inquiry and human rights audit mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); and

(b) 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 that currently are the subject of the inquiry and human rights audit mentioned in paragraph (1)(a).

Mr Speaker, before I begin, I seek leave to table the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services team meeting of 2 March 2011.


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