Page 4011 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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While we recognise the intention of the decision is to better facilitate the process of transition there has been no consultation with parents of the Weston Creek community and their views were not sought before this decision was taken.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Urgently request the Government to overturn the decision made by the Arawang Primary School, so that Weston Preschool retains its two mainstream classes and in future that such decisions on feeder school planning are not taken without full consultation with the communities that are affected and before pre-school enrolments commence.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Ministerial responses

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

By Mr Corbell, Attorney-General, dated 22 August 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Hanson on 21 June 2011 concerning the introduction of a needle syringe program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

By Mr Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, dated 22 August 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Porter on 29 June 2011 concerning a proposed 7/11 store at the Spence shops.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs—petition No 120

The response read as follows:

I refer to the petition lodged in the Legislative Assembly on 21 June 2011 on behalf of 234 Custodial Officers and associated employees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) expressing their opposition to the introduction of a needle and syringe exchange program (NSP) within the AMC and their concerns regarding the implementation of such a program.

I note that the government has received a report from Mr Michael Moore of the Public Health Association in regard to the proposal to have an NSP at the AMC. The report has examined potential models, how they work within the prison setting, barriers to implementation and how to overcome them. Mr Moore undertook a broad range of consultations with key stakeholders.

The report has made seven (7) recommendations and the Government will now consider the recommendations, and seek the views of the community about the report, prior to finalising its response.

The Government welcomes feedback from stakeholders to assist it with its final consideration of this very important issue.

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