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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 740..


MS BURCH: I deny that outright. This is not victimisation because someone goes to the commissioner. We know the views of those opposite in regard to this inquiry, we know the views of those opposite in regard to the commissioner for children and young people, and I reject outright that this is victimisation of someone who has gone through that process.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, this same woodwork worker made a submission to the youth justice inquiry just two weeks before he was dismissed. Is there any correlation between these two events?

MS BURCH: It is not for me to suggest a correlation, and I think it is very pre-emptive for you to suggest a correlation. I was not aware of the time lines of him making a submission. Those submissions are made in confidence to the commissioner.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: My supplementary to the minister is: is it true that the first you knew of this particular matter was when it was brought to your attention only recently and is it also true that you have not received a comprehensive briefing as yet?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. As I have responded to Mr Coe, there was an email in my office this morning, which I have asked the department to respond to. There were a number of matters raised that need an explanation, that need a response, that need clarity. And this is what I am asking the department to do.

I have met the individual that has raised the concern. As I have stated, Mr Barr has written to him. But these are matters that need to be investigated, and that is what I have asked the department to do.

Planning—territory plan

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns technical amendments to the territory plan. Minister, in answer to a question on notice about increasing dwelling numbers in approved concept plans, you stated that in the case of concept plans not in a rules and criteria format:

... any departure in dwelling numbers compared to that indicated will be considered against the provisions of the individual concept plan and any important planning requirements ... taking into account their previous non-statutory guideline status.

So my question is: minister, what exactly is the statutory status of the two types of concept plan—those prepared before 2008 and those after, which have stated rules and criteria?


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