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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 11 August 2016) . . Page.. 2813 ..


some of the shortcomings we have had in working with our Indigenous community to better their lives. We will be supporting this today, recognising the points that I have made previously.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (5.38), in reply: I thank Mr Wall and the Canberra Liberals for their support for my motion. I appreciate his comments about not creating an extra public holiday, which I was very clear about during the consultation, and also his comments about the practicalities of which day and when, and agree sincerely that further conversations are required to settle our way forward. And I look forward to our working together to bring this to fulfilment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill 2016-2017

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2016-2017

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2016-2017—Select Committee report

Estimates 2016-2017—Select Committee—government response]

Debate resumed from 10 August 2016.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I remind members that in debating order of the day No 1, executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 2 and Assembly business orders of the day Nos 3 and 4 relating to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2016-2017 and the government response.

Detail stage

Justice and Community Safety Directorate—Schedule 1, Part 1.14

Debate resumed from 10 August 2016

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety) (5.39): I rise to speak briefly tonight to the Corrective Services element in particular of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. This year’s budget contains a number of important initiatives in this space. I also want to respond to some points that were made in the course of the debate.

In respect of Corrective Services, it has been a year in which significant progress has been made at the jail in terms of putting a number of things in place. The extended accommodation has now been completed. Those new buildings have been fully commissioned and they are now occupied by detainees. This has meant that the facility at Symonston is no longer housing full-time detainees. It still continues to operate a little for weekend detention but as members will know the weekend detention is also winding up. So there is very limited use of that facility.


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