Page 4324 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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Thirdly, there will be an information campaign aimed at the government providers to inform them of the card. So far government directorates have responded positively to the implementation of the card and are actively examining ways to provide additional services to asylum seekers. Front-line staff will have access to fact sheets about the various administration aspects of the card and a Q&A sheet, as well as guidance on how to provide customer service to asylum seekers. Information will also be developed and displayed at each of the service provision points across the ACT government indicating that the card can be used to gain access to services.

An important aspect of the implementation of the card involves the provision of quality information about the card to Canberra Connect, and this will involve comprehensive information so Canberra Connect can respond to public inquiries in an efficient manner. To find out more about the services for asylum seekers, ACT clients and family members are able to go through our website or through the ACT concessions portal where all the information is available. As I have said, as it updates it will be updated on the website.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—capacity

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, in August this year, in the government response to the Assembly motion concerning prisoner capacity at the AMC, you state that according to ACT Treasury projections made in 2002, the AMC population was predicted to be 230 in 2010-11. However, in your answer to a question on notice, No 1665, asked by Mr Seselja in 2007, you stated that ACT Treasury projections of prisoner populations were 254 in 2011. This represents a discrepancy in your answers regarding Treasury advice of 24 prisoners between 2007 and 2011. Minister why is it that your answer has changed between 2007 and 2011 despite using Treasury modelling dating from 2002?

MR CORBELL: Because there were a variety of projections produced by ACT Treasury at that time. The answer to one question was an answer to a different question from the question that has been raised by Mr Hanson.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Attorney, did you present incorrect Treasury figures to the Assembly in August 2011, or did you present incorrect Treasury figures to Mr Seselja in 2007?

MR CORBELL: Neither, Mr Speaker; they are different answers to different questions.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, did ACT Treasury conduct updated modelling on prisoner populations after 2002? If so, did you use old modelling to provide numbers in the government response to the Assembly motion in August this year?

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