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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2010) . . Page.. 258 ..

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (8.59), by leave: I move:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes:

(a) concerns regarding the operation of the AMC;

(b) the unanimous findings of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety report, Inquiry into the delay in the commencement of operations at the Alexander Maconochie Centre; and

(c) the Government’s intention to have a review into the operation of the AMC after its first year of operation; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) commission an independent reviewer to conduct the one year review into the AMC;

(b) ensure that the review be open, transparent and public, and include input from community and non-government groups with an interest or involvement in the AMC, including on the terms of reference for the review;

(c) ensure the review is completed in a timely manner and be tabled in the Legislative Assembly immediately upon completion; and

(d) report upon the progress of the review in August 2010.”.

I have addressed the keys issues. I addressed the body of the key aspects of this amendment in my major speech. Basically, I just say that we do think it is important that there is an independent review. But it needs to address a wide variety of areas, not just security and cost concerns but also health, through-care and after-care concerns and there needs to be significant input from the community in the terms of reference.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (9.00): The government will not be supporting Ms Bresnan’s amendment, and the reason for that is that Ms Bresnan continues to insist that the findings of the committee inquiry were appropriate, and she does so in her amendment. She implies that that is the truth in relation to the matter. It is not the truth, and other members of this Assembly are going to have to get their heads around the fact that they got it wrong. They got it wrong when the committee concluded that the government was responsible for delays and that it was not simply the security system that led to the delays.

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