Page 3915 - Week 09 - Thursday, 25 August 2011

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The difference between the 31 December actual superannuation liability valuation and the mid-year review full-year estimated outcome was for the same reason, the difference in the discounted rate used to value the liability. At the time of the mid-year review, the assumption was that the 10-year commonwealth government bond rate as at 30 June would be in the order of six per cent, whereas at 31 December 2007 the actual quarterly result as required by accounting standards was valued at the 10-year commonwealth bond rate at 30 June 2010 which, I am advised, was 5.16 per cent.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Auditor-General and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—appointments

Alexander Maconochie Centre—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees

MR CORBELL: During question time today, I think it was Ms Le Couteur—apologies if it was not—asked me a question about the position of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. I am advised that Dr Cooper is still officially the commissioner as well as having been appointed Auditor-General. However, she is only being paid in the position of Auditor-General and is only working in that function of Auditor-General. I am advised that Dr Cooper is retaining the office of commissioner until the government finalises an acting appointment, which as I indicated to members is imminent.

Yesterday Ms Hunter asked me a question about a peer support program being implemented at the AMC following the working together document. I can advise Ms Hunter that the working together report was a joint initiative between ACT Corrective Services and a number of Indigenous service delivery and advocacy agencies to examine service gaps and was released in December 2010. It recommended that Corrective Services implement a trial prisoner peer support program as the basis for the future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific prisoner peer support program. Corrective Services has examined peer support options for the AMC. Establishing a type of program that is available in some larger jurisdictions has not been deemed viable at the AMC because of the small number of longer term suitable detainees.

As an alternative, Corrective Services is currently considering options for small and more viable programs that address peer support, mentoring and related counselling services which will be available for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous detainees. Corrective Services are in discussion with the Aboriginal Justice Centre in regard to this mentoring program for male and female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees, which will draw on members of the local Indigenous community.

For example, Corrective Services is also liaising with the Women in Prisons Group to establish peer support for female detainees at the AMC which will in part be provided by former female detainees. It is also close to finalising arrangements with Relationships Australia to establish a successful yarning program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees. The yarning program aims to provide a framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male detainees to identify their values, priorities and change through collaboration and conversation.

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