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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5695..


MR CORBELL: I will have to take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why was the emergency alert operator located at a private residence and not at the ESA headquarters during the Mitchell chemical fire emergency?

MR CORBELL: I do not know whether they were or not. I have said I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question.

MR SESELJA: Keep your head in the sand, Simon. Minister—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, you can withdraw that and then start your question again.

MR SESELJA: I will withdraw. Minister, what is the policy of the ESA in relation to the location of staff who have been trained in the standard operating procedures for emergency alert?

MR CORBELL: It is an operational matter for the ESA. I am happy to take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, why does the ESA's policy permit staff who are trained to operate the emergency alert to be on duty at other than the ESA's headquarters?

MR CORBELL: I am not going to rely on what Mr Seselja says is the situation. I am going to seek advice from the ESA on their operational policies and provide an answer to the member.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—prisoner tattoos

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. I refer to your latest plan for the prison where you propose free tattoos for prisoners. In the Canberra Times article titled "Push for free tattoos", at ACT jail, published on 26 November 2011, it is stated that a professional tattooist may be used. Minister, would the Rebels or another outlawed motorcycle gang be eligible to tender for this service, given their dominance in the field of professional tattooing in the ACT?

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order.

MS GALLAGHER: The usual—

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Chief Minister. Stop the clock, thank you.


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