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responsive budgeting and reporting. And we will, as we collect more data across the wellbeing indicators, be in a position to report more fulsomely on our wellbeing progress through the budget process, as well as every day of the year through the wellbeing dashboard.

MS CLAY: Would there be benefits in embedding and tracking gender-lens budgeting in Chief Minister’s?

MR BARR: It is to the extent that the data collation for the wellbeing framework, which encompasses all of the indicators under the 12 domains, are centrally collected but there is still clearly a role—a policy role and a data role—for the Office for Women.

MR DAVIS: Chief Minister, would see value in having either the Treasurer or the Minister for Women appear before the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality to discuss gender-lens budgeting and gender and economic equality?

MR BARR: Well, I believe appearances already occur. And obviously, we have just changed the nature of the budget estimates process in the Assembly today, in terms of reverting to an estimates committee. So I do not think there should be duplicate appearance, but that may be something that the estimates committee wishes to pursue both with the Minister for Women and with me, as Treasurer.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—security

MRS KIKKERT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Corrections. On 19 March, Corrections Officers foiled an escape attempt at the AMC. A private vehicle was driven up to the fence at the same time as detainees were breaking a window to escape.

For a long time, many officers have been calling for a sterile zone around the perimeter fence, and they have had serious concerns about their ability to properly surveil the area directly surrounding the prison. The lack of quality surveillance outside the perimeter fence makes it easier for people to throw prohibited items over the fence. In this case, it allowed a vehicle to drive up to the perimeter fence almost undetected.

Minister, can you explain how this escape attempt was possible, and how you are going to prevent this from happening in future?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for her question. I am advised by the Corrections Commission that two detainees did attempt to escape AMC in the evening of 19 March, and the escape was detected and they were able to quickly apprehend the detainees within the AMC. So the incident is being investigated by ACT Policing. ACT Corrective Services are also reviewing the circumstances of the incident and taking action required to prevent similar incidents. So it would not be appropriate for me to comment further, given the review and the police investigation.

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