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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 27 October 2010) . . Page.. 5110 ..

continue, to allow detainees to maintain and further their dangerous drug habits at the Alexander Maconochie Centre; that is what is occurring currently under the government’s regime.

We refuse to accept that this is all that can be done. We refuse to accept that drugs are readily available or should be readily available and that there is not anything we can do about it. We call on the government to follow sound and effective policy and introduce a mandatory drug testing regime in the AMC. I will be calling on the Greens and the government to consider this bill as it has been presented and I look forward to the debate in the coming weeks and months.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.


MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (10.44): I seek leave to move my motion as amended in the terms circulated.

Leave granted.

MS HUNTER: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Children’s Week is from 23 to 31 October and provides an opportunity to celebrate the right of children to enjoy childhood and to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities;

(b) the Western Australian parliament passed a motion:

(i) recognising that past adoption practices, such as the immediate removal of babies following birth and preventing bonding with the mother, have caused long-term anguish and suffering for the people affected; and

(ii) apologising to the mothers, their children and the families who were adversely affected by these past adoption practices; and

(c) similar practices occurred here in the ACT during the Commonwealth government administration of the territory;

(2) acknowledges the work of CCCares program in providing education services to young parents;

(3) supports a national inquiry into forced adoption practices and a national apology to those affected; and

(4) calls upon the government to:

(a) apologise to those ACT residents who have been affected by forced adoption practices; and

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