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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2804 ..

TCCS can also advise that the following consultation was undertaken most recently with local business and the community. Preliminary consultation with local businesses was undertaken in March 2016 following the extensive master planning process. Further community consultation was undertaken between July and August 2016. Local businesses were also notified in late June and again in early August, outlining the commencement and timelines for works. This included a letter box drop just two weeks ago.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—Human Rights Commission referral

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: The Community Services Directorate has been able to confirm that all the emails it received—in relation to a question I was asked earlier—were provided to the Human Rights Commission. In providing that answer, I would also remind those opposite that it is not only the government that has an obligation to report to the Human Rights Commission but that anyone with information about alleged misconduct or wrongdoing can and should report those allegations to the Human Rights Commission. That includes those opposite, should they receive any such information.


Debate resumed.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (3.47): I am pleased to stand to speak in support of the motion in Mrs Lawder’s name on the notice paper. Ms Lawder has accurately outlined some of the many problems that the government is suffering from in its old age. I can add that it is very interesting that in the Chief Minister’s response he did not seem to want to accept that there was anything wrong. We did not really have a discussion of the matters that were in the motion here. I think it is telling, in a way, that the government is not keen to go into these details, despite the fact that that they are all matters of record.

One of the most apparent examples of the failure of this government to manage is the accommodation crisis at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Unfortunately, the AMC is currently experiencing a real problem with its accommodation for women, a crisis which could have been avoided if the Minister for Corrections were paying more attention. There will be a motion later today in my name on this topic.

The minister admitted to the chamber on 3 August that the AMC has had up to 45 women in a facility designed for 29. As a result, the prison is undergoing all sorts of challenges. They have had to repurpose the management unit and cells on the side of the health unit to find an additional 14 beds and four beds respectively. This is far from best practice. On top of this, the government is now considering both on-site and off-site options to solve the crisis, only there is no clear idea yet as to when any of this will occur.

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