Page 144 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 15 February 2006

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Inappropriate attire is removed from schools. Some very short skirts and short tops seem to make their way into school grounds.

We would like to see some of that addressed through, if possible, the implementation of a more rigorous school uniform policy. I think that it could take pressure off parents and I think that it could take pressure off students. At the same time, it may have a benefit in improving the image and morale of schools. If that will be the case, I think that it is a good step. However, school communities always have very diverse views on these things. We do have a number of schools and, no doubt, the feedback we will get will be as diverse as those school communities. We will take into consideration all of that feedback when it comes before making a final decision. If we do move to a mandatory school uniform policy, we would be looking at doing that at the beginning of term 1 in 2007.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice


MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I took a question from Mrs Dunne and said that I would get back to her. I think that it might be sufficient to refer to the page she referred to in relation to current investments and the line for non-current investments, which goes quite dramatically. It really depends on when they mature, are realised or are wanted to be used as to whether they become current or non-current investments. But that in itself is not the whole answer. You have to be concerned, again, about how much of that is encumbered by various liabilities, et cetera, but I think it is sufficient to say that a decline in the line for current investments should not ring alarm bells in itself.

Quamby Youth Centre

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday, in question time, Mrs Burke asked me a number of questions, probably three, in relation to Quamby. The first two parts of the question, I am advised, relate to the same incident, which occurred on the afternoon of 14 January 2006. I am informed that two residents at the Quamby Youth Detention Centre gained access, through a fire hose locker, to the roof cavity of the six-bed unit and caused property damage to fixtures and equipment fittings. The federal police were advised and attended the centre. The two youths were transported to the city police station and charged. The older youth was transferred to the adult correction system and the younger youth remains at Quamby.

Staff were provided with a debriefing following the incident. Additionally, a critical incident review meeting was held to review security arrangements. As members are aware, the facility does have significant limitations which can result in security problems and which are managed as best as possible considering these limitations. The new youth detention centre project team is working closely with Quamby staff and management to inform the design process of the new facility to address any issues. In the meantime, changes are being actioned to prevent access to the right roofline of the centre.

In relation to the third part of Mrs Burke’s question, there are not 15 staff members at Quamby currently under review for any reason but, like any ACT government

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