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To ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place, the amendment provides increased clarity that, if the power to renew a permit is delegated, the director-general must be notified of the renewal of a leave permit for the fourth and subsequent renewals. This means that a leave permit can only be in place for 28 days before its renewal is drawn to the attention of the director-general. Permits can and already do involve close consultation with the relevant medical and health personnel involved with the detainee’s specific needs, and this will continue.

As the explanatory statement makes clear, the decision maker is always bound to ensure they are making any decision based on the information available and must further obtain advice if necessary. All detainees subject to these permit provisions will also have appeal mechanisms available to them under the administrative decisions act. This provides an appropriate degree of administrative rigour and oversight while giving Corrective Services the flexibility required to manage detainees. It must also be noted that if for any reason a detainee needs to receive treatment outside the ACT for any long or protracted period the director-general may consider a formal transfer of custody to the appropriate interstate department.

The Children and Young People Act will be amended in a similar way to allow interstate leave permits for young detainees to be renewed and Minister Gentleman has provided further detail on this. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 10.59 am to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Asbestos—proposed inquiry

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in December 2014 the public accounts committee recommended that the government establish an ACT board of inquiry constituted pursuant to the Inquiries Act, to investigate the full history of the Mr Fluffy legacy. They recommended that it should report by 1 March 2016. The task force has now completed its most urgent work, with the date for registering homes for surrender now past, the full list of affected owners and properties now known and the schedule of demolition to 2020 now published and started. Chief Minister, will you now agree to establish an ACT board of inquiry to investigate the full history of the Mr Fluffy legacy by 1 March 2016?

MR BARR: I never disagreed with the need to establish a board of inquiry; the areas of disagreement have been the timing and what was the most important series of tasks. The Leader of the Opposition has outlined a number of important tasks that have been

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