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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2046 ..

Question put:

That the amendments (Mr Smyth's ) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 9

Ms Carnell  	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell  	Mr Corbell
Mr Hird  	Mr Hargreaves
Mr Humphries  	Mr Kaine
Mr Moore  	Mr Quinlan
Mr Osborne  	Mr Rugendyke
Mr Smyth  	Mr Stanhope
Mr Stefaniak  	Ms Tucker
Mr Wood
Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.


Report on the Establishment of an ACT Prison

MR OSBORNE (4.23): I present Report No. 3 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, the first interim report in the prison series, entitled "Inquiry into the Establishment of an ACT Prison: Justification and Siting", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

The committee went into the inquiry with six terms of reference and intends to table a series of interim reports over the next couple of years. This first report addresses the first term of reference only, namely, the justification for a prison in the boundaries of the ACT. Additionally, at the Government's request, the committee has also made a recommendation regarding the siting of a prison. The committee's second report is expected to be tabled in August this year and will address the important issues of prison design and programs, cost-effectiveness, community involvement and accountability. It will also consider whether the prison should be privately or publicly run. Further reports will cover such issues as best practice models, prisoner rehabilitation and the avoidance of deaths in custody.

The committee has consulted widely during this inquiry and has received over 70 written or verbal submissions. In addition, members have visited nine prisons in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Although not as part of this inquiry, Mr Hird and I visited several prisons in New South Wales as members of the previous Assembly's Legal Affairs Committee.

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