Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4421 ..
first, it will allow parents time to apply for registration for children who are currently provisionally registered; and, second, it will allow sufficient time for detailed consultation on the content of the new regulations that will further detail elements of home education regulation.
This bill supports the government’s commitment to ensuring all children, school or home educated, are empowered with an education appropriate to their needs that prepares them for the future. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Wall) adjourned to the next sitting.
Inspector of Correctional Services Bill 2017
Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (11.01): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
Today I present the Inspector of Correctional Services Bill 2017. The bill establishes an independent inspector of correctional services for the territory. I, along with my colleague the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, am proud to be establishing a new oversight mechanism in the ACT to oversee and critically examine the operations of both adult and youth correctional centres and services through this bill.
In June 2016 I commissioned the independent review by Mr Moss to examine the care and supervision that Steven Freeman received during his time in custody, including whether ACT Corrective Services systems operated effectively and in compliance with human rights obligations. This bill is a significant step towards implementing the recommendations made by Mr Philip Moss following the tragic death in custody of Steven Freeman. I received Mr Moss’s report, So much sadness in our lives, on 7 November 2016 and publicly released the review on 10 November 2016. On 16 February 2017 the government formally responded to Mr Moss’s recommendations. In response to recommendation 8, the government announced the development of an inspectorate of custodial services and critical review function to be operational by the end of 2017.
Since the ACT’s only adult correctional centre, the Alexander Maconochie Centre, opened in 2009, a number of reviews have called for the establishment of a similar role or regime, including the 2007 human rights audit of the operations of ACT correctional facilities under corrections legislation; the 2016 justice and community safety standing committee’s inquiry into the Auditor-General’s report on the rehabilitation of male detainees; and the 2016 Morison security review.