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the security system is a series of exercises as well. We might be talking about an intercom system; we might be talking about the keying system; we might be talking about the monitoring system; and we might be talking about a whole series of them.

I do not propose to go into the detail now of which part of the security system has been causing us the challenge. These folks are legendary for wanting to put things out into the public arena which benefit the crooks, and I am not going to do it any more. Mr Pratt did it before, and I refused to entertain him. And I am not going to do it now because these guys would put an ad in the Canberra Times saying to the crooks, “If you get in the east gate mate, you’ll be right.” I said the east gate mate because we have not got one, Mr Barr.

What happens now is that, once you have the commissioning at a stage of completion, it is then, as it were, handed over to us. It has to go through a 24-day period where its functioning is completely without fault and then another five days beyond that where it is given a further testing.

Where we are at at the moment, as I understand it, is that the modifications are complete and we are very nearly towards the end of that testing period. Once that is done, of course, further training is then delivered to those officers who will use the system. They have trained along the way but, of course, at the end of those five days, that is when their training commences.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question.

MR HANSON: Minister, by what stage will the commissioning process be completed? On what date will the first prisoners and remandees be admitted to the centre?

MR HARGREAVES: I have not been advised of a date by the contractor, the subcontractor or Corrective Services. When I know a date, I shall make it publicly available.

As to the date the first prisoner arrives, I do not propose to make that publicly available. I do not propose to jeopardise the intake of prisoners into the centre by advertising anywhere that prisoners will be transported from point A to the gates of the AMC. That would be a gross breach of security. There is no way in the wide world. It has never, ever happened in the history of corrections anywhere in the world.


MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, and it concerns the separation of waste streams. Yesterday the minister referred to the government’s election commitment of $4.75 million to separate waste streams at transfer stations and the tip face. Can the minister tell the Assembly how long it will take to fully implement this initiative and how the initiative will differ from the service previously supplied by Revolve at no cost to the government?

MR STANHOPE: I am sorry, Ms Le Couteur. I did not hear that last part of the question. If you could repeat it, I would be grateful.

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