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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) . . Page.. 1596 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the question. I will take the details of the question on notice in regard to—

Mrs Kikkert: Have you read the report?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, I certainly have. I have read the report, and, of course, I have instigated a committee to ensure that the recommendations are implemented across the AMC. Mrs Kikkert is well aware of that because she has been quite vocal against the implementation of that committee.

Mrs Kikkert interjecting—

MR GENTLEMAN: We will continue to work with that committee on the implementation.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, has this detainee been fairly and justly compensated for their freelance consulting?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will take that on notice.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones and Mrs Kikkert, that is enough! You have a colleague on the floor who is trying to ask a question. I ask that you be quiet. Mr Cain.

MR CAIN: Minister, why are you not supporting ACT Corrective Services so that they, rather than others, are delivering basic administrative services?

MR GENTLEMAN: We are supporting ACT Corrective Services. Of course, in this budget, we have allocated more funding for more corrective service officers. Just last week I was at the graduation of this college for 2021, the first of we think three colleges for this year, to ensure that we have the staff numbers on the ground to support Corrective Services in the important work that they do. I will repeat this—it is important work that they do for our community in keeping our community safe. We will continue to invest in ACT Corrections and the important work that our officers do, unlike the Canberra Liberals who, of course, voted against that funding in the budget.

Government—infrastructure projects

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on how the ACT government’s biggest ever infrastructure delivery program is supporting economic recovery through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Orr for her question. As members of the Assembly would be aware, the ACT government is committed to a $14 billion infrastructure plan and growing our employment base to 250,000 by 2025. We recognise the critical role that infrastructure plays in creating and supporting good local jobs and ensuring that Canberra remains a connected, vibrant and sustainable place to live. While COVID-19


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