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As Shadow Minister for Corrections, I am committed to holding the ACT Government to account when it comes to the running of Canberra’s one and only adult correctional centre: the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). My priorities include:

  • Making sure that the AMC is a human rights compliant facility for all, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women, people with disability and other minority populations;​

  • Investing in evidence-based programs and supports to enable effective rehabilitation, transition and reduce reoffending;

  • Proper staffing, supports and up-to-date training for corrections officers so they can be confident when confronted by risks and challenges.

In February 2021, I moved a motion in the Assembly calling for an independent inquiry into systemic and/or institutional racism at the AMC. I asked for the inquiry to investigate and document relevant incidents at the AMC, and to consequently develop advice and recommendations to address and eliminate this racism.

I also called on the ACT Government to deliver on its promise to commission a review into the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in incarceration.

In August 2021, I successfully moved a motion to improve mental health supports for corrections officers.  This has resulted in the government contracting a counsellor who has a background in corrections and therefore specialises in counselling those who work in that area.

My vision for the AMC is that it becomes a truly rehabilitative prison.  Through education, skills training and a busy, fulfilling, structured day the detainees in our prison can have their life trajectories forever altered to a more positive outcome. 

The staff at the AMC work in a stressful and oftentimes, unappreciated, and misunderstood role.  I want them to feel valued and recognised for the work they do.  I want them to feel that they are listened to and that they have a government that ensures they are supported.

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