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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (12 May) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, why have you failed to commission a security review at the AMC, despite repeated security breaches?

MR RATTENBURY: I do not need a security review to tell me that prisoners will seek to smuggle contraband into the jail. That story is as old as jails themselves. But what I am focused on is continuing to improve the security measures we have in place, to do our best to keep contraband out of the jail.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: What work is being done to ensure these same problems do not manifest in the new extension?

MR RATTENBURY: In some ways the new extension does not change things because the new extension is within the perimeter. So the job we have is the same job, whether there is an extension or not, which is to work through a range of measures, both physical searches and intelligence-led work, to continue to try and keep ahead of those who will seek to smuggle contraband into the jail. And I can assure the house that ACT Corrective Services does successfully intercept a range of contraband that is sought to be smuggled into the jail. We have seen recent examples and we will continue to put measures in place to improve that.

Roads—active transport

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, how important is it for the government to facilitate walking and cycling in the ACT?

MADAM SPEAKER: Let me seek some clarification. Is the Minister for Roads and Parking responsible for walking and cycling?

Mr Gentleman: Active transport, yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: Just for my clarification, the Minister for Roads and Parking is responsible for something other than roads and parking?

Mr Gentleman: Yes, Madam Speaker. I am responsible for active transport.

MADAM SPEAKER: Okay. The title does not quite encompass that. I am just getting used to the administrative arrangements. I do apologise to the house. The Minister for Roads and Parking.

MR GENTLEMAN: It is important for this government to facilitate the vision for active travel, and as the minister responsible for active travel I thank Dr Bourke for his question. We need to respond to the needs of the community to access work and services. It is a key priority for this government. Active travel, walking and cycling, is vital to an integrated transport network. It is very important to this government to help reduce the loads on the existing transport network, improve overweight and obesity levels and reduce our environmental footprint.


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