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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 December 2016) . . Page.. 147 ..


Alexander Maconochie Centre—security

MRS JONES: My question is to the Chief Minister, who has assumed responsibility for questions to the Minister for Corrections today. Minister, in September this year two men escaped from the Alexander Maconochie Centre. How was it that they were able to escape from our prison?

MR BARR: I think this matter was canvassed in this place prior to the election. You or one of your colleagues asked a similar question of the corrections minister at that time. The issues associated with that incident are the subject of a significant security review, and I will leave it to the minister to provide further information in relation to the response of Corrective Services. Suffice to say I am not going to detail publicly exactly how those two inmates managed to have a brief burst of freedom, for obvious reasons. Suffice to say that Corrective Services are responding appropriately to the issues raised in that incident.

MRS JONES: In the interests of completing the question, minister, what actions have been taken to ensure that inmates cannot escape from the AMC?

MR BARR: As I indicated in my initial response, there has been a security review initiated. The works associated with the additional capacity and extra infrastructure inside the prison, I believe, have reached or are very close to reaching completion, so the specific issues associated with the incident earlier in the year have been addressed. But, as I say, I will leave it to the minister to provide a more detailed response, no doubt when he next appears before the relevant Assembly committee.

MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, how committed is your government to making sure that our community is safe from threat to the community?

MR BARR: Very committed, Madam Speaker.

Waste—management

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for transport and community services in relation to the FOY Group’s proposal to develop a plastic liquid petroleum processing facility. Can you tell the Assembly if the FOY proposal is consistent with the ACT government’s waste management policy and advise whether the government will facilitate FOY Group’s accessing the ACT waste stream.

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question and I know of her longstanding interest in waste management policy. It is certainly the case that the FOY Group have, as members will know, submitted an EIS, which is subject to planning processes—both the EIS and, subsequent to that, should it reach that stage, a development application. As members will also know, the waste management feasibility study, which has just commenced its second stage, is looking at how we develop waste management practices and pathways that lead us toward reaching our recycling targets, in particular, set out for 2025. If there are proposals that enable waste to be recycled and reused in a clean and sustainable way, we will welcome them in the ACT.


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