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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4359..


the best advice. They got the advice. They started following it, and then they did a backflip because they ran out of money. Now the prisoners, the staff and everybody out there at the AMC are paying the price. I just hope that the price will not be too high. We know there have been some significant incidents, some very serious incidents, at the AMC. I just hope that there will not be any more.

I reiterate my comments. I call on this minister to act, to take the New South Wales option seriously. As the Official Visitor said, there are good jails in New South Wales. There are a suite of jails that can better fit the needs of prisoners in many cases, and that option should be taken. That is a far better situation than prisoners squeezed in, as the Official Visitor said, with tensions rising amongst everybody. He has warned of potential dire consequences.

I will leave it there. We will continue to maintain pressure. I welcome the fact that the minister will provide us with regular updates. But I do want to hear updates about action that is being taken and not just simply an update on another round table and what the numbers to date happen to be.

Question put:

That the amendment, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Critics Circle arts awards

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.35): Yesterday I had the pleasure, along with Dr Bourke, Ms Porter and Mr Smyth, to attend the Canberra Critics Circle arts awards and the announcement of the artist of the year, sponsored by Canberra City News. It was a very happy occasion held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery and attended by many of the leading lights in the ACT's arts community.


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