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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2011) . . Page.. 1327 ..


MR HANSON: The Burnet report states that there is a conflict between Corrective Services and the Department of Health. On what issues is there a conflict?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am not going to go into the detail of the report in advance of its release. What I would say is that it is not unusual for government agencies to have differing views on issues. That is why you have a whole of government process to determine the appropriate outcome. That is the approach the government is adopting in this case.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Attorney, Corrective Services issued an extensive response to the draft report that opposed a needle and syringe trial at the AMC. Is this opposition in line with the policies of your government?

MR CORBELL: The government determines policy, and that is the way in which this matter will be managed.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have front-line staff been consulted on the recommendations of the report?

MR CORBELL: That is probably a matter best dealt with by the Minister for Health, Mr Speaker. She is responsible for that process.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Minister for Health.

MS GALLAGHER: I am responsible for the report. From your extensive reading of the report, Mr Smyth—unless you have only had page 102 given to you as well—you would understand that on the evaluation advisory group the CPSU were involved, JACS were involved, Health were involved, a number of non-government agencies were involved and Prisoners Aid were involved. Aboriginal health services were involved. They are all on the evaluation advisory group, who, indeed, were given a copy of a draft report, I think, back in December. This report has been provided to a number of organisations—

Mr Hanson: They got the draft as well, did they?

MS GALLAGHER: Good on you, Mr Hanson. You have been so responsible with it!

Opposition members interjecting—


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