Page 2121 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 8 May 2012

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We will just have to wait and see what comes out of the budget. If that provides us with detail, we can work with the Department of Health and Ageing on what it actually means on the ground in Canberra and then, with the close knit sector—and I think it is close knit in terms of public and NGO services—look at how we can manage some of this situation if it actually does eventuate.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: What rationale, if any, has been provided to justify cutting services in the ACT, given that the overall commonwealth funding call is unchanged?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not been given any rationale. Again, in the correspondence I have received I saw the claim that the overall funding would remain the same but the money coming to Canberra would change. Again, I think we need to understand a little bit more about that. At the moment, all the information I have had is coming from the sector themselves. We need to get some concrete advice from the Department of Health and Ageing. I think we will be able to do that in the next few days.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—identity bracelets

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. Minister, are all prisoners at the AMC currently fitted with fully operational radio frequency identification bracelets?

DR BOURKE: No, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Minister, since the introduction of the RFIB system what problems have occurred with the operations and what steps have you taken to fix them?

DR BOURKE: That requires a detailed answer and I will take it on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, the prison has now been open for four years. Why is it that there are still ongoing problems with the RFID capability?

DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, I refer to my previous answer.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Is the security of the prison being compromised due to a lack of a fully operational RFID system?

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