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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 27 August 2008) . . Page.. 3815 ..

Executive business—precedence

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) put:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent orders of the day Nos 1 and 2, Executive business relating to the Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2008 and the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2008, being called on forthwith.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.

Sitting suspended from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.

Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 21 August 2008, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (7:30): The Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2008 expands upon the current power of the chief executive to direct ACT Corrective Services officers to strip-search a detainee. The opposition believes that the power to search prisoners is vitally important to the health and safety of prison officers and prisoners themselves. Without these searches there is a far greater risk that concealed weapons, drugs and other banned objects will be smuggled into the prison system.

Under the act as it currently stands, the chief executive may direct a corrections officer to strip-search a detainee only if there is a suspicion on reasonable grounds that the detainee has something concealed on the detainee. New provision 113B replicates the current provision by providing a similar power to strip-search a detainee on suspicion on reasonable grounds.

New provision 113C goes further, to say that a strip search may also occur on grounds of prudence—that is, without necessarily suspecting on reasonable grounds that a

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