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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2816..

have a management unit suitable for accommodating detainees who present a severe security risk. This situation will be rectified through the construction of such a unit within the new ACT correctional facility.

Because of the serious risk that the detainee presented, he was transferred to the Goulburn Correctional Centre, where he was detained for a period of 52 days from 23 December 2003. He has since been sentenced to a term of imprisonment for drug-related offences.

This detainee is the only remanded person who has been transferred to NSW in 2004/05. Detainees will be transferred when the ACT's facilities cannot provide the care or management they require.

Police force-resignations

(Question No 1534)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) In his answer to Question on notice No 1338, why did the Minister not address the specific questions asked as part of Question on notice No 1338;

(2) Is it appropriate to withhold the information requested in the question from members of the Legislative Assembly; if so, why; if not, when will he answer these questions in full.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Question on notice No 1338 was fully answered. Most of the particular questions were not relevant as the position was filled immediately without the need for a recruitment process.

To restate: the new Chief Police Officer was at the same level of seniority as the departing Chief Police Officer and has outstanding credentials including service in the ACT. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner has responsibility for filling this position but consulted with me as ACT police minister. The manner of filling the position was fully in accord with AFP procedures.

The AFP Commissioner advised me of Mr Murray's intention to retire on 23 January 2004. I discussed the matter with the Chief Minister but no formal process is required in the ACT.

The ACT was fortunate to have had the leadership of Mr Murray and has welcomed the arrival of another outstanding officer.

Hospitals-waiting lists

(Question No 1535)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) Did the Minister state on 11 December 2003 that "he had every confidence that the waiting list is both stabilising and we are seeing an increase in throughput and that the objective of the government is to get more people the elective surgery they need and that is what we are delivering";

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