Page 2216 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 August 2016

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MR DOSZPOT: What analysis is in the government’s possession about the future demand for schools in the far south and north of Canberra?

MR RATTENBURY: Mr Doszpot may recall from the last time the Assembly met that I had just published a range of forecasting figures, projections of student enrolment at schools for 2017 and 2018. Mr Doszpot may also recall from the budget process that the government has allocated an additional $250,000 to increase the capacity of the Education Directorate to do further forecasting work in the future.

We are seeing changing demographic patterns in the territory, which means that historical projections are in some cases coming into question. So I have commissioned the directorate to undertake further work to make sure that we have an even greater level of confidence in the projections that we have for the future so that we match the changing demographic patterns, the growing population in the ACT. The fact that people are coming to enrol their students in the public education system in far greater numbers than population growth reflects the very strong confidence the community has in our excellent public education system here in the ACT.

Symonston Correctional Centre—security breach

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. Minister, I have been advised of a major security breach that occurred at the Symonston Correctional Centre in the early hours of 3 February this year involving a number of prisoners. I am informed that corrections staff discovered damage caused to an external perimeter wall of the jail at that time as a result of an escape attempt. Were you made aware of this incident? If so, when were you made aware?

MR RATTENBURY: I do not recall that incident. I will go and check my records and I will provide Mr Wall with the information that he is seeking.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: I would assume that the minister would also need to take on notice how the incident was described in any reports that do exist and what the titles of all those reports are.

MR RATTENBURY: I will take that on notice and bring Mr Wall the information he is seeking.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what regular reporting do you have about activity in this facility?

MR RATTENBURY: I meet with the Justice and Community Safety Directorate on a regular basis and I also have, obviously, mechanisms in place because things happen outside of those regular meetings. I have a range of reporting and meeting mechanisms in place to keep abreast of issues within the system.

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