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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3353 ..

It is important to acknowledge the skilled workers who are involved in this project. I am sure it has not been easy for them to navigate the way for a new program of this kind. I also want to wish the participants all the best as they tackle the challenges and new opportunities in seeking a new way forward.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—assaults

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. I refer to a report in the Canberra Times today which reveals that two Indigenous inmates were bashed in the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Minister, was this incident captured by CCTV, and has that footage been provided to police?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, there is extensive CCTV footage of the incident and it has been provided to ACT Policing, who are now using it, I imagine, as a basis for their investigations.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, are there any parts of the AMC that are not covered by CCTV?

MR RATTENBURY: After the recommendations of the Moss review, which recommended improvements to the CCTV scheme in the AMC, there have been additional CCTV cameras installed. There is now extensive coverage right through the centre. In terms of Mrs Kikkert’s question: what does she mean by the “AMC”? Does she mean all of the yards and the like? Perhaps we can have a discussion later. I would be happy to get you a definition of what is covered, and I can give you some further feedback.

MRS JONES: What steps are you taking as minister to ensure that there are not blind spots of CCTV or obstructions to cameras at the AMC?

MR RATTENBURY: As I indicated, following the recommendations of the Moss inquiry, the number of cameras inside the AMC has increased, I think in the order of around 20 additional cameras. I do not have the number to hand at the moment. There has been additional training for staff on the use of cameras, and a number of other measures have been put in place seeking to improve both the coverage and the operation of CCTV inside the centre.

Crime—anti-consorting laws

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister of police. On 6 March this year, the Chief Police Officer said:

I think the key benefit of anti-consorting laws, noting that’s not the only solution, is that it’s a preventative tool.

She went on:

So what it means is people can’t wear their colours and they can’t congregate in groups, which allows them to undertake their planning and preparation and potentially criminal conduct.

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