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To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of Custodial Officers and associated employees of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) wish to make it abundantly clear that we are strongly opposed to the introduction of any form of needle syringe program within our workplace. We believe any such program would constitute a serious threat not only to our health and safety and that of our families, but also to inmates.

Our working environment in the AMC is already dangerous enough and we will actively fight any proposal to make it worse by introducing needle syringes into our workplace.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: Reject any proposal for the introduction of a needle syringe program in the AMC.

We “Just say No” to needles.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Corbell, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, dated 31 May 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Rattenbury on 15 February 2011 concerning cycling and walking projects.

Cycling and walking projects—petition No 116

The ACT Government notes the petition submitted by the petitioners, tabled by Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA on 15 February 2011 and makes the following comments:

The report on Walking and Cycling Infrastructure prepared on behalf of the ACT Government uses four criteria to establish an initial ranking of projects;

These criteria include network characteristics, safety, cost effectiveness and strategic importance;

The definition for the cost effectiveness criteria used was the cost of the project divided by the number of people that it serves, so that the lower the criterion score, the better;

In the case of the Civic Cycle Loop project, this was ranked as the highest ranking project in the Walking and Cycling Infrastructure report with a score of 29 points against the cost effectiveness criterion. The Fyshwick to airport bike path project was ranked as the lowest of the 200 projects considered with a cost effectiveness score of 500,000;

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