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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2011) . . Page.. 5277 ..


and the trade mission for their drive and commitment in finding success in new markets. I am sure all Assembly members will join with me in wishing them well in the follow-up work that they are now undertaking to deliver concrete outcomes for their businesses and for the territory economy.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, will you table by the end of question time copies of all emails of congratulations from those opposite on the success of this mission?

MR BARR: If any are forthcoming, I will be delighted to table them.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—capacity

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. On Friday, 11 November, the Official Visitor stated to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety that inmates at the Alexander Maconochie Centre had to exercise in an area described as follows:

There is a very small area, but it is kind of meshed and is enclosed … I suppose it is like caged chooks.

Attorney-General, why are inmates at the Alexander Maconochie Centre being treated like caged chooks?

MR CORBELL: They are not.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Is it in line with the alleged human rights compliance of the jail for inmates to be treated “like caged chooks”, in the words of the Official Visitor?

MR CORBELL: I note the Official Visitor’s comments in relation to that matter. The Official Visitor is referring to a particular part of the AMC where prisoners are kept in segregation from other prisoners. In those facilities, rather than prisoners exercising in a common yard, they exercise in an enclosed—

Opposition members interjecting

MR CORBELL: They do not want to hear my answer, Mr Speaker.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, the Official Visitor also stated that, due to capacity constraints, some inmates were unable to attend programs and activities. Why are inmates prevented from attending programs and activities due to capacity constraints?


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