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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2187 ..


Unfortunately, sometimes this does happen. None of us are perfect; we all make mistakes, but we do learn from them. Of course, we will review this situation and put in place practices that will make it safer for detainees and the Canberra public.

MR HANSON: Minister, why do you stand by your decision to blame ACT Corrections staff, given the database that they were forced to use is described as antiquated”?

MR GENTLEMAN: That was the advice provided to me by the briefing from our corrections chief officer.

DR PATERSON: Minister, could you outline how you are working with corrections officers to review these incidents?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson for the question. There have been a number of reviews of particular cases and the AMC over many years—many recommendations which the government has agreed to. We are working through those recommendations through the blueprint for change program and the committee that is in place, headed by Ms Nixon, who has a vast background in corrections and other policing matters. She has already reported back to me that she is pleased with the results so far and the input, particularly from corrections officers, and feels that it is going well.

I look forward to the rest of the recommendations from the committee, and the implementation of those, so that there are better opportunities for our staff into the future and better conditions for detainees at the AMC.

Light rail—stage 2

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the expansion of the light rail network to Woden?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Orr for her question and her interest in light rail and the benefits it will provide in expanding to Woden, for Gungahlin residents as well as for the rest of the city. Certainly, it comes at an interesting time for the light rail project. It is our city’s biggest ever infrastructure build.

I am pleased to advise the Assembly that key preparatory works are already underway. The first physical works on the project are planned to start before the end of this month. We have commenced works to translocate the gold sun moth population from the northern part of the median on Commonwealth Avenue, and we recognise that protecting Canberra’s environment and heritage throughout this project is essential.

Early works to relocate utilities will commence shortly. This will involve moving critical water and communication utility assets from their current position along the southern section of London Circuit to a new alignment by Edinburgh Avenue, Vernon Circle and Constitution Avenue. This will pave the way for London Circuit to be


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