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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 759..


about is being straight and consistent with detainees. It is about having clear expectations and making good decisions. It is about showing detainees how good and honest people operate. The present day Corrective Services officer is required to have well developed skills in detainee case management. They have to help detainees through robust case management and rehabilitative processes to break the cycle of reoffending.

Increasingly, detainees entering Corrective Services care have long-term substance abuse issues and mental health concerns. Many have had a troubled background much different from that which most of us have enjoyed. The training is about instilling skills to assist officers to understand people, to predict and manage behaviour, to deal with disaffected people, to be humane and ultimately to help people. The new Corrective Services officer is not just one who opens and closes door to cells, but is one who opens doors to better lives for those whom they secure, manage and protect.

MR HANSON: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, was Doug Buchanan, the superintendent who was sacked by your predecessor, wrong?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. Mr Buchanan was not sacked.

MS PORTER: Mr Speaker—

MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter has the call this time.

MS PORTER: Minister, what are the main challenges faced by Corrective Services officers in the AMC?

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Dr Bourke has the floor, thank you.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Dr Bourke.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. In a small jurisdiction such as the ACT—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members!


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