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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2011) . . Page.. 4178 ..


MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Do you want to leave?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary to Mr Hanson’s question.

MR COE: Minister, will you continue to advocate for a needle and syringe program at the jail given that correctional officers are concerned for their safety if such a program was implemented?

MS GALLAGHER: I will continue to advocate for the best options to manage blood-borne virus transmission within a correctional setting. That requires us to look at the issue of use of injecting equipment which is being used at the moment in correctional settings right around the world and, indeed, at the AMC. We do what we can to reduce that and, indeed, the Michael Moore report notes that a lot of effort has been made to reduce the capacity for dirty needles to be used. I do not have my head in the sand. This is an issue, and it is an issue that warrants the seriousness of all 17 members in this place to work out a compromise that meets everybody’s needs, if that is possible.

MR COE: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will you continue to advocate for a needle and syringe program at the jail, given that prisoners themselves are concerned for their safety if such a program was implemented?

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered that question in my previous answer.

Tourism

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Will the minister advise of steps taken by the ACT government to encourage or support tourism events in the ACT?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. The government, through the Economic Development Directorate, is establishing four seasons of tourism events, built around the distinctive features of our climate and looking to focus our tourism offerings around those four distinct seasons. Through the establishment of the Economic Development Directorate and a number of programs such as the blockbuster fund and the events assistance program, we are working with industry and in partnership with national institutions, as well as events that we run ourselves, to provide a diverse program of tourism events and activities linked to each of the seasons.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.


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