Page 804 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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Front-line firefighters are set to be boosted across the territory as part of the latest reforms within ESA. Regardless of the type of emergency, we want to make sure that those comms centre reforms will have the capability to best position the action for that particular core.

It is important that as we go through this strategic reform agenda—we will review it of course when it is in place—it will provide a better service for the whole of the territory.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—assault investigation

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, in late January this year the Canberra public learnt of an assault on three prison guards by detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on the 15th of that month. Have any charges been laid as a result of the ACT police investigation?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will have to take that on notice. I have not been provided with a brief on that particular assault.

MS LEE: Why haven’t you had that briefing, minister, given that the incident occurred on 15 January, over two months ago?

MR GENTLEMAN: I would imagine it is about communication between Corrective Services and ACT Policing, but I will seek the answer and come back to the Assembly.

MRS JONES: Minister, when will the investigation into this matter conclude?

MR GENTLEMAN: At the conclusion of the investigation, Madam Speaker.

Industrial relations—penalty rates

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Veterans and Seniors. Can the minister outline how penalty rate cuts proposed by the commonwealth government would impact older workers in Canberra?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Steel for his question. We know that Australians are increasingly working to older ages. For some it is because this is the way that they continue to choose to live and to contribute. For many, however, it is not because they necessarily want to but because their circumstances mean that they have to. For some it is a way to stay active and engage in the community, but for others it will be a matter of remaining financially secure and independent. We know that older women in particular are often compelled to remain in work given that as a group they are increasingly entering the traditional retirement years with less financial security than men. The gender gap in pay and conditions means that the ability to continue making an income later in life is critical.

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