Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3888 ..
consideration of the resources available to deliver a particular policy. So to this extent—do departments raise issues with ministers, and particularly have departments for which I am responsible ever raised with me the implications for workload or capacity?—of course they have. It happens. I cannot remember specific instances but certainly issues are raised with me—that, if the government pursues a particular policy, it will of course have resource implications. There is only so much capacity in the department or in the unit. That is a regular occurrence, I would say, and every minister would have received such representations, and always will.
I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
Alexander Maconochie Centre—women’s and children’s program
MR CORBELL: In response to a question I took on notice in question time yesterday, when Ms Le Couteur asked me whether the location of the women’s cottages in the AMC or the number of female prisoners was preventing delivery of services to those prisoners, I can advise Ms Le Couteur that the location of the cottages in the AMC and the number of female prisoners do not prevent the delivery of services.
The willingness of female prisoners to participate in both education and criminogenic programs has affected the delivery of these programs at times. This is because some programs—for example, cognitive skills and alcohol and other drug programs—require a minimum number of participants.
Traditionally, the therapeutic community program is presently only delivered to male prisoners as it is still in the pilot phase. In due course, if evaluation suggests the program can be delivered appropriately and effectively to women, it could be delivered to that cohort of prisoners in the future.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3:11): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) the increasingly rundown state of Kambah Village shopping centre and the surrounding environment;
(b) the way in which the suburb of Kambah has evolved over the past 10 years, particularly in relation to the provision of shopping facilities; and
(c) the need for appropriate planning for this area to take account of:
(i) developments that have taken place;
(ii) the loss of schools from this area;