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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . . Page.. 1172..


(5) The SAB endeavours to hear all parole applications prior to the expiration of the NPP; however, issues regarding timeframes arise particularly when

* an offender is given a backdated sentence and an NPP date is imminent or immediate, or

* an application for parole is received close to or after the expiration of the NPP.

In these instances the SAB Secretariat may negotiate with the PPU for Pre Release Reports to be prepared outside of the provisions of the MOU.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Official Visitor (Question No 1989)

Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 14 February 2012 (redirected to the Minister for Corrections):

(1) In relation to the 2010-11 annual report of the Official Visitor, Justice and Community Safety Directorate annual report, Volume 1, page 271, how many Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) detainees contacted the Official Visitor directly during 2010-11.

(2) How many AMC detainees did the (a) Human Rights Commission, (b) ACT Ombudsman or (b) Prisoners' Aid refer to the Official Visitor.

(3) What was the nature of those direct contacts and referrals, in general terms, and how did the Official Visitor deal with them.

(4) In relation to page 272, is the Attorney-General able to say what the Official Visitor's view is of the resourcing issues at AMC that would constrain the ability of complaints, issues and other matters to be resolved.

(5) Is the Attorney-General able to say what the Official Visitor's view is, in general terms, about whether recommendations or suggestions are being actioned satisfactorily by the AMC.

(6) How many books did LexisNexis provide to the AMC library during 2010-11.

(7) In relation to the library referred to in part (6), what is the (a) current stock of books, (b) range of books held and (c) Official Visitor's assessment of the patronage of the library by detainees

Dr Bourke: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The former Official Visitor, Mr Jeremy Boland, identified that he received 373 discreet complaints from detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Ms Tracey Whetnall, the Indigenous Official Visitor, did not provide statistics for that period.

(2) During 2010-11, the following number of referrals were made to the Official Visitor by:

a) Human Rights Commission - 18

b) ACT Ombudsman - 2

c) Prisoner's Aid - 0


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