Page 1701 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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Our focus will be on jobs, on getting our economy moving forward. The commonwealth have stopped kicking us, but it will be the efforts of the territory government, working in partnership with the Canberra business community and the—

Mr Wall interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Wall!

MR BARR: community sector, that ensures our economy moves forward. Our budget will be for Canberra.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition, I call you to order.

MR BARR: Our budget will be for Canberra. There was nothing much for Canberra from the Liberal Party last night.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—governance

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Justice. Minister, I refer to the recent Auditor-General’s report on the rehabilitation of male detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The Auditor-General found:

AMC planning for rehabilitation is ineffective as there is no rehabilitation planning framework, no evaluation framework and no finalised case management policy framework.

Minister, why is the AMC’s planning for rehabilitation ineffective?

MR RATTENBURY: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. I note that the formal government response to the Auditor-General’s report will be presented to the Assembly within three months of the presentation of the Auditor-General’s report. I will be taking that response to cabinet shortly for presentation during the next sitting period. So I will not go into the full response at this point in time.

What I can say is that I actually welcome the Auditor-General’s report. I welcome it in the spirit that the AMC is still a relatively new facility. It has been open in the order of six years. There have been a series of learnings that have been going on in that period of time. The AMC is continuing to improve its service. The Auditor-General has taken the opportunity to give the AMC feedback. I and the Corrective Services staff are open enough to see that as a contribution to improving the conduct of the AMC.

It is worth noting the acknowledgement from the Auditor-General that there have been improvements in management practice that have contributed to improved rehabilitation services in the AMC. So whilst Mr Doszpot has pulled out the quote that suits his agenda, the full report indicates that there has been significant improvement in the delivery of these services at the AMC.

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