Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1143 ..
MR RAMSAY: I am happy to take that one on notice and get back with the details on that.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—admission process
MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, the Human Rights Commission’s 2011 audit into Bimberi found that the Coree unit was being used as both an admissions unit and a de facto behaviour management unit. We have received multiple reports that this is still occurring. Why is this still happening?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: When I visited Bimberi last year I was made aware of one case, and I will take on notice whether there are more examples of that, where the intake area had been used for—I would not describe it as behaviour management—an area where a young person who, for their own good and support, needed to be separated from the other young people. My understanding is that there were no other young people in the unit at the time. Hence it was being used as an extra space. I will take the details of that on notice and get back as soon as I can.
MRS KIKKERT: Why has the management of Bimberi ignored the concern of the Human Rights Commission that this practice contravenes the right for remandees not to be mixed with sentenced young people?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I will take that question on notice.
MS LEE: Minister, why are newly arrived detainees at Bimberi, including those merely on remand, not being segregated from those who have severe behaviour management issues?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Again I will take on notice the question about management. There is an issue about when detainees arrive at Bimberi and there is a period during which there needs to be some assessment. Some detainees obviously arrive in a drug-affected state and need to be closely monitored during that period. I will take the rest of the question on notice, but it is obviously a complex situation.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—boxing instruction
MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, we have received multiple reports that an instructor was taken into Bimberi to teach boxing. Did this occur, or have detainees been provided with any other combat instruction?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I have been advised of one occasion where, as part of a broad physical activity program, there was a “boxercise” class provided. As far as I am aware, there is not a boxing training program, but I will take that on notice.
MR PARTON: Have any detainees who received this “boxercise”/boxing training gone on to assault a staff member or other detainee?