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Again, I thank everyone for their input to my motion today and thank Madam Deputy Speaker and the minister for their concern about my health. I can assure members that I will be making my exit very shortly.

Amendments agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Recidivism rates

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (5.21): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the recidivism rate in the ACT continues to rise;

(b) the Australian Bureau of Statistics report on Prisoners in Australia 2016 found that 74 per cent of ACT prisoners had previously been imprisoned under sentence, the largest proportion of any State or Territory;

(c) a recent Canberra Times article (14 April 2017) reported that the Throughcare Program is failing to lower recidivism rates for Aboriginal inmates;

(b) the ACT Policing 2015-16 annual report states crimes against the person have increased by 22.2 per cent;

(e) assaults in the Canberra City Centre have almost doubled from 281 in 2014 to 430 in 2016; and

(f) on 16 March 2017, the Evaluation of the ACT Extended Throughcare Pilot Program was released. Minister Rattenbury says in his ministerial statement the Program has contributed to a reduction of both recidivism among participants in the Program and of crime rates; and

(2) calls on the Minister to advise by 21 September 2017:

(a) what impact the Extended Throughcare Program has had on reducing the rate of recidivism and crime;

(b) what the Government is doing to address the 74 per cent recidivism rate and by when is the Government aiming to achieve this;

(c) what, if anything, is being done to assist the 26 per cent of those who did not participate in the Program and who had far worse recidivism rates;

(d) what programs are underway in the Alexander Maconochie Centre to address the rate of re-imprisonment; and

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