Page 3378 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, in your visits to Bimberi and your meetings with staff and residents, have you heard of any other incidents of this kind?

MS BURCH: The matter of segregation, strip-searching and use of restraints is an ongoing topic of interest and discussion across a detention centre, whether it is Bimberi or elsewhere. It is something that I believe is part and parcel, but it is something that should be done under contemporary practice and as a last resort. There are good reasons why we have restraints and segregation and it is around the safety of children, the safety of other residents and the safety of staff.

DR BOURKE: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, a supplementary.

DR BOURKE: Minister, as Mr Doszpot referred to a young person being led around in chains, is this normal policy at Bimberi?

MS BURCH: There are no chains. Let us be very clear about the emotional commentary over there: there are no chains at Bimberi.

Transport—carbon tax

MR COE: My question is to the minister for transport and it is regarding ACTION buses. Minister, the New South Wales Treasury has estimated that a carbon tax would increase the cost of providing public transport in the state by an average of 3.4 per cent. What impact will the introduction of a carbon tax have on the costs of running ACTION buses?

MR CORBELL: That analysis is still being undertaken by the government at this time. The final details of the carbon pricing arrangements in relation to fuel for heavy vehicles are still being finalised, I understand, by the commonwealth. I am happy to provide further information to the Assembly in due course.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

MR COE: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, how much will ACTION raise their bus fares by on 30 July 2012, if not before, as a result of the carbon tax?

MR CORBELL: It is a hypothetical question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Bresnan?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you done any analysis of what the federal Liberals’ uncosted policy of direct action would have on the cost of running ACTION?

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