Page 518 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (5.05), in reply: As members have heard, there have been many fantastic and innovative undertakings from this government to build business confidence in Canberra, including investing in the CIT and the VET sector. The CIT contributes greatly to renewal and infrastructure development, as well as many other great initiatives with more graduates staying in Canberra playing a pivotal role in building our city.

We have also heard about international flights that have been increasing patronage to Canberra and encouraging fine dining in the nation’s capital. We have had a huge increase in restaurants, which is wonderful to see. We have increased activities, such as Enlighten, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and this weekend’s Multicultural Festival. Those events encourage access to small business and build business confidence in the ACT.

I will draw on one point from Mr Wall’s speech. Yes, I am a proud member of a trade union, and I wear it as a badge of honour. I was also a small business owner, and I find that that is very important to continue to build business confidence.

I thank all my colleagues on this side of the Assembly for supporting my motion today and for their kind and encouraging words about the wonderful things we do in Canberra. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—women detainees

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (5.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the issues of capacity, functionality and performance within the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) have begun to be addressed through the building of additional accommodation for men;

(b) the AMC has seen an increase in the number of beds to accommodate the growing number of male detainees;

(c) male detainees are benefitting from the opportunities for work in new industries with the bakery and the laundry having opened;

(d) there has been no increase in the number of beds to accommodate women detainees;

(e) women in the prison are not benefitting from these new industries;

(f) the ACT Government, according to the Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia have along with all other States and Territories agreed to providing a facility which meets the following objectives, that detainees will be:

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