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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3366 ..

MR BERRY: I think that was a frivolous point of order, an attention-getting point of order, a media-grabbing point of order.

MR SPEAKER: I am saying that you should withdraw any imputation against the chair.

MR BERRY: There is no imputation; it was an expression of exasperation. I think they're allowed under the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: We could all suffer that, I'm afraid, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: My supplementary question is directed to the Chief Minister. Was the condition ever withdrawn? If so, when?

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, in June of last year.

I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Williamsdale quarry

MR HUMPHRIES: I present the following paper:

Williamsdale Quarry-Answer to question without notice asked of the Treasurer by Mr Berry and taken on notice on 21 August 2001.

Belconnen Remand Centre

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, on 23 August Ms Tucker asked me a question about staffing at Belconnen Remand Centre. She particularly asked about a particular person and attempts to visit him and to phone him. Then she went on to say:

It has been 24 hours since this family became very seriously concerned about the state of the man's mental health. They have been unable to find out what is needed and to arrange it. Can you confirm whether or not there are staff shortages at Belconnen Remand Centre that are causing these sorts of things that happen? If there are, what are you doing to address the situation?

Overcrowding at the Belconnen Remand Centre often necessitates the use of the Magistrates Court cells to house detainees overnight. This operational requirement often results in pressures on staff availability at the Belconnen Remand Centre. Occasionally these pressures result in staff shortages at the remand centre.

ACT Corrective Services is currently training additional custodial staff. That training will be completed in late October and will go some way towards easing staff shortages. Family and friends are allowed to visit detainees on weekends, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, health and legal professionals are allowed to visit on most days, but are encouraged to conduct visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays to maximise the availability of visiting rooms for families and friends on the other days. The number of visits allowed per detainee is usually restricted to one visit per day for one hour due to the operational requirements of the centre, the number of detainees in custody, and the limited availability of visiting rooms.

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