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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2463 ..


Alexander Maconochie Centre—hunger strikes(Question No 307)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 June 2021:

(1) How much did it cost the ACT Government to remand an activist aligned with Extinction Rebellion who was arrested in May 2021 given they refused to sign their bail agreement and was incarcerated in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) where they commenced a hunger strike.

(2) What policies or procedures dictate what should happen in the event of an inmate engaging in a hunger strike.

(3) When were these policies notified.

(4) How long did this individual’s hunger strike last for.

(5) For how many days straight did this individual refuse to consume food.

(6) Did this individual at any point refuse to consume water; if so, for how long did this individual not consume water.

(7) Is this individual still incarcerated in the AMC; if not, when were they released.

(8) Has this individual had another court appearance since refusing bail; if so, what was the result of this court appearance.

(9) Has this individual been sentenced; if so, what was the sentence.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

I have been advised by the Justice and Community Safety Directorate that the collection of relevant information to assemble responses would require a considerable diversion of resources. Further, I note that in some cases relevant advice has been provided through responses to previous questions from Members (for example, QON 100 from Questions on Notice Paper No 2 provides information regarding the cost of housing a detainee at the AMC), or may be available online (for example, information and advice to those visiting the AMC is available on the ACT Corrective Services website).

Noting this, it is inappropriate in this instance to divert resources from priority activities for the purposes of answering the Member’s questions. I do however offer the member a verbal briefing with relevant officials.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—housing assistance(Question No 308)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 June 2021:

(1) Does the Ombudsman’s Parole Processes at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) report state that pre-COVID, Housing ACT Staff and OneLink staff would visit the AMC monthly to assist detainees with housing after their release; if so, has this practice resumed again.


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