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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 November 2011) . . Page.. 5442 ..


operator. The observer and the CCTV operator do not have a view of the young person. Their role is just to observe the staff member undertaking the search. To be clear, the searching officer is the person conducting the strip search.

I would like to clarify that staff members conducting a strip search are always the same gender as the young person. If a strip search is being conducted on a female then a female detention worker will be that person. Where possible, we try and have the observing officer of the same sex but, as you would appreciate, sometimes that is not possible, but always that person undertakes their role with a level of regard.

Also, Mr Speaker, just to clarify my response today to questions around a place of care, the section in the Children and Young People Act is 525. I may have said 522 or 252. Unfortunately, I referred to the property as being on Barry Drive, when we all know that it is on the Barton Highway.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—capacity

MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Ms Bresnan asked me a question in relation to whether or not there had been any resolution to the situation of long-term detainees of the crisis support unit having access to larger or grassed areas for recreation. I can advise the Assembly that Corrective Services has routinely attempted to provide CSU detainees, when they are well enough, with the range of facilities and programs available at the AMC. The Knowledge Consulting report made a number of recommendations with regard to the CSU, including that detainees have access to open air for recreation and that they be allowed access to programs and activities outside the CSU where appropriate.

Access to large and grassed areas is just one way in which recreation can be provided to CSU detainees. Detainees in the CSU, if they are well enough, are able to access programs, education and a gym. Some programs, such as the cognitive skills program, are made available within the CSU, while other programs, such as the social wellbeing program being run by Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services, are run outside the CSU in other areas of the AMC. (Quorum formed).

Mr Speaker, I was saying that some other programs for CSU detainees, such as the social wellbeing program, are run by Winnunga Nimmityjah and are run outside the CSU in other areas of the AMC. CSU detainees have attended these programs. Education is also made available, as is the gym, both of which have been accessed outside the CSU. It is important to note, however, that CSU detainees’ personal circumstances will vary from person to person and possibly even from day to day. This may mean they are often not well enough to fully participate in any activities, including recreation.

Roads—T2 lanes and car pooling

Debate resumed.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.22): I would like to thank Mr Coe for introducing this motion today. The Greens agree it is important and timely to talk about transit lanes, car pooling and the way we travel in Canberra. We have long been advocates of


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