Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .
Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Thursday, 4 August 2016):
The total number of rates deferments as at 5 August 2016 was 186.
Prior to 1 July 2012:
• Hardship rates deferments: 22
• Pensioner rates deferments: 87
Post 1 July 2012:
• Hardship rates deferments: 18
• Pensioner rates deferments: 56
• Aged rates deferments: 3
Alexander Maconochie Centre—fires
Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Wall on Thursday, 4 August 2016): In your first question you asked how many incidents of fire occurred inside the AMC over the past 24 months and how these fires were graded in terms of severity. I am advised that in 2014-15 there were seven fires all of which were classified as minor. Additionally, in 2015-16 there were ten fires of which nine were minor and one was major. Of the 17 fires in this two year period, four were fires external to buildings.
The major fire was lit in Women's Remand Unit 1 on 23 September 2015. A female detainee set alight some bedding, furniture, and clothing with a cigarette lighter. I am advised that flames in that fire reached approximately 1.5 metres, and the fire was extinguished with efforts by ACT Corrections Officers and ACT Fire & Rescue. The unit was evacuated until it was safe for all female detainees to return.
In a supplementary question you asked about damage incurred at the AMC as a result of fire. In most instances, there was only minor damage such as the scorching of external ground coverings such as wood chips, or damage to bedding or clothing. In two instances there was more significant damage to carpet floor coverings and smoke damage to surfaces, such as a perspex television cover which required cleaning.
Mr Rattenbury (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Doszpot on Thursday, 4 August 2016): In your first question you asked me about the number of staff or prisoners who were affected by fire at the AMC, and whether anyone required medical attention as a result. I am advised that following fire incidents, staff and detainees who may have been involved in an incident of this nature are assessed by a health professional and treatment provided as necessary. Following a fire on 2 December 2014 a Custodial Officer was assessed and sent to The Canberra Hospital due to smoke inhalation. He was subsequently discharged and sent home for the remainder of that day.
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