Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 29 June 2023) . . Page.. 2085 ..
Thursday, 29 June 2023
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Inspector of Correctional Services—Healthy prison review—government response
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.01): I present the following papers:
Inspector of Correctional Services Act—Report of a Review of a Correctional Centre by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services—Healthy Prison Review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2022—Government response—
Government response, dated June 2023.
Ministerial statement, 29 June 2023.
I welcome the Report of a review of a correctional centre by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services—Healthy prison review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2022 that was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 24 November 2022.
The report presents a whole-of-centre review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre, the AMC, using the healthy prison test devised by the World Health Organization.
It makes 63 findings and 29 recommendations and identifies strengths and areas for improvement to lead sustainable change towards best practice in corrections management. These findings and recommendations broadly relate to the four pillars used by the healthy prison test to assess performance: pillar 1, safety; pillar 2, respect and dignity; pillar 3, purposeful activity; and pillar 4, rehabilitation and preparation for release.
In December 2021, the inspector initiated this review under section 18(1)(a) of the Inspector of Correctional Services Act 2017. This section of the act provides that the inspector must examine and review a correctional centre at least once every three years. This requirement of the act ensures the systemic and preventative approach to