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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4229 ..


Finally, my message to the industry is clear. If you build well and follow the rules, you are welcome in the ACT. To those who do not, if you do not comply with the system and the requirements of your licence, you are not welcome in this industry.

I present a copy of the following paper:

Building quality improvement—Ministerial statement, 25 October 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Moss review

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (10.18): I am pleased to update the Assembly and community on the significant changes that have been implemented to improve the care and treatment of all detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre as a direct result of the recommendations of the Moss review. The update follows on from my first annual report, delivered to the Assembly on 15 February this year. This statement formally marks the closure of the Moss review implementation project, which has been endorsed by Mr Russell Taylor AM, as the independent chair of the Moss review implementation oversight steering committee.

Before I outline the significant changes that have been implemented, I would like to take this opportunity to remember Steven Freeman, a 25-year-old Aboriginal Bundjalung man, who tragically died in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on 27 May 2016. I acknowledge that Steven Freeman's untimely death has had a lasting impact on his family and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. I pay my respect to Steven Freeman's mother, Mrs Narelle King, whose strength, resilience and advocacy for change is inspirational. I also acknowledge the profound sense of grief and loss Mrs King and her family have experienced through the loss of their loved one.

Any loss of life in custody is a serious matter and must be investigated fully. It was for this reason that on 2 June 2016 I announced an independent review into Steven Freeman's care and treatment during his time in custody. I subsequently appointed Mr Philip Moss AM as the independent reviewer to lead this important process. The Moss review considered whether ACT Corrective Services systems operated effectively and in compliance with human rights obligations during Steven Freeman's time in custody. It further examined the support services provided by other directorates and ACT Corrective Services partners.


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