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be noted that in October 2013 a final status report on the implementation of supported recommendations from the ACT government’s final government response to the Burnet report was tabled. This report has been included in the supporting documentation to the chair. In addition, an internal closure report for the Knowledge Consulting reports was prepared in 2014; however, it was not tabled in the Legislative Assembly. The status updates to the chair have been generated from that report.

These eight reviews have covered everything from the dietary requests of detainees to the need for enhanced security measures; from visiting schedules to the provision of equitable health services; and from education programs to escorted leave and transfers to hospital.

It is therefore a testament to the commitment of successive corrections staff, in both the policy and operational areas, that the vast majority of these recommendations can be considered to be either complete or implemented.

This provides an opportune moment to take stock of the previous six years of operations of the AMC and to acknowledge the challenges and positive changes that have occurred within the youngest correctional system in Australia. It also serves as an opportunity to consider its transformation into a more mature service which has been found to be effective in fostering improvements, including a “culture change” emphasising respect in detainee and staff relationships and resulting in reductions in the use of force and lockdown hours. These improvements contribute to a healthier context for rehabilitating detainees. Finally, it serves as a solid basis to plan and implement the next phase of Corrective Services going forward, and it continues to evolve and rise to the challenges facing all correctional systems.

I present the following papers:

Alexander Maconochie Centre—

Update on recommendations arising from reviews agreed by Government relating to the operations—Ministerial statement, 11 May 2017.

Summary Report of Reviews.

Treatment in custody of Steven Freeman—Government response to the Independent Inquiry—Addendum.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The importance of volunteering in the ACT

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for

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