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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 3 Hansard (9 April) . . Page.. 836..


compromise health service outcomes. We also recognise that there are circumstances where the use of such restraint is justified on a case-by-case basis.

Clearly, the issues that have been raised by this report warrant a more detailed response, and there are a limited range of options in the current context. But there is a way forward that both Health and corrections are collaborating on to ensure that there are more options in the future.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what facilities currently exist at the hospital or elsewhere for people who are at risk of self-harm with a very high potential to be lethal?

MR BARR: I will need to take that question on notice, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what measures are in place to protect staff and others from high risk patients who are not handcuffed within the facility?

MR BARR: I will take that question on notice as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Why is it important to ensure the safety of detainees, staff and the public in these circumstances?

MR BARR: Clearly the issues that have been raised in this case warrant a serious response across the relevant areas of territory government. There is significant work underway, and certainly the government is very keen to be able to progress the secure mental health unit as a priority and has put into this place legislation that would enable the fast tracking of such a facility. And we certainly hope that the Assembly will support that legislation.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question is for the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and it relates to the government's light rail project. Minister, what will be the operational cost of the light rail system?

MR CORBELL: This is associated with the development of the capital metro project, including assessment of the ongoing operational cost of the light rail project. Those assessments are subject to further consideration by the government as part of cabinet consideration of the light rail project.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how did the government derive the $7.5 million operational cost quoted to an Assembly committee?


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