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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1567..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, how could sending photographs of potentially every schoolchild in the ACT interstate not be a security risk?

MR STANHOPE: What I said was that it would represent no greater risk of security than would potentially exist in any event. But, as I have indicated, I will take the question on notice and I will respond fully and I extend the offer of a briefing to—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: If you are suggesting that it is insecure interstate you are suggesting that it is potentially insecure here. I was drawing the distinction that the place of production of course should not be relevant at all, and if it were I would be most concerned. But I will seek the assurances that members, quite rightly, are seeking in relation to this issue.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—complaints

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, I take you back to your meetings with workers at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre on 24 November 2010. It has been alleged on a number of occasions, both to me privately and also publicly through the media, that at one of those two meetings you at one point turned your body away from the meeting, covered your ears with your hands and said, "La, la, la, la, la. I don't want to know."You have repeatedly denied those allegations. Minister, I ask you once again for a simple yes/no answer: at one of those meetings with Bimberi workers on 24 November did you at one point turn your body away from the meeting, cover your ears and say "La, la, la, la, la. I don't want to know."

MS BURCH: No, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are you therefore accusing the people that have made these claims, both to me privately and publicly through the media, of lying about your behaviour at those meetings?

MS BURCH: No, I am not, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, in order to clear up this perception about your behaviour on 24 November, will you now go again to Bimberi, meet with workers, listen carefully and sincerely to their concerns, and then act upon them decisively?


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