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offender in certain circumstances, providing that the Director of Public Prosecutions may apply for prohibition orders under chapter 5A of the act and amendments to ACT legislation to ensure that all references to child pornography are updated to read “child exploitation material”. (Extension of time granted.)
This bill engages a number of human rights. The bill engages and places limits on the rights to recognition and equality before the law, protection of family and children, privacy and reputation, freedom of movement, right to liberty and security of the person, fair trial and rights in criminal processes. The bill also supports and promotes the rights of children and others to the right to life and security of the person. The explanatory statement analyses these human rights issues at length and I encourage all members to consider it along with the bill.
In closing, the limitations contained in this bill are proportionate and justified in the circumstances. The limitations on rights are the least restrictive means available to achieve the purpose and to protect the human rights of others, in this case children and young people and their families. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.
Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2015
Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (11.02): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I am pleased to present the Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2015. The bill amends the process for random drug testing at correctional facilities. Currently, section 221 of the Corrections Management Act 2007 provides that random drug testing be used for statistical purposes only and that no record of the donor be kept. When originally enacted, the purpose of the provision was to obtain statistics about the prevalence of drug use within the prison that could be used to facilitate research papers or to inform operational policy.
ACT Corrective Services has found that a number of operational imperatives are frustrated by the current inability to identify random drug testing sample donors. For example, ACT Corrective Services has a duty of care for people who are suffering from a drug addiction as well as for other detainees who do not want to be exposed to drugs or the side effects of drug misuse.
As a result, the bill repeals section 221 of the Corrections Management Act and amends the drug testing provisions to provide that discipline and referral for