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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4235 ..


government will continue to look at ways to increase housing options for clients to support the success of the Ngurrambai bail support trial.

Given the significant growing economic and social costs of incarceration to the community, the ACT government continues to explore ways to develop more effective community supports to reduce reoffending, promote safe and sustainable bail options and strengthen alternatives to prison, ensuring that custody remains the last option. It is recognised that culturally appropriate support programs in the community and at the AMC have the potential to alleviate the discrimination and disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees. The government will continue to consider investing in a variety of programs to reduce the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to breach the cycle of disadvantage and trauma.

I am pleased to advise that the ACT government has taken strong and positive steps to fully implement the Moss review recommendations as far as possible, which leaves a strong and lasting legacy in memory of Mr Steven Freeman. While we can never, ever replace the loss of Steven Freeman or change the past, I can, however, say that the response to this tragic death has led to significant improvements being made within the AMC and across ACT Corrective Services and justice health. These will be lasting changes that help to improve the safety, security, health and wellbeing of all detainees at the AMC.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the extensive work undertaken to implement these recommendations, achieving enduring and positive systemic change. The chair of the implementation oversight steering committee has noted the genuine commitment and collaboration demonstrated by the interdirectorate project team to implement the recommendations. I would like to echo this sentiment and also thank all members of the implementation oversight steering committee for providing sound direction and advice to achieve these results.

I present the following papers:

Moss Review Recommendations—

Closure—Ministerial statement, 25 October 2018.

Closure report, dated October 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Tree canopy coverage

Ministerial statement

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (10.39): I welcome the opportunity to report back to the Assembly on what we are


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