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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3249..


MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, I actually can't recall the exact words. I would have to review the Hansard to make a clear ruling myself, so I will do that.

MS BURCH: Sorry, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: I will have to review the Hansard because I do not recall the exact phrase. Perhaps during that time, Ms Burch, you might consider what steps you wish to take.

MS BURCH: I am happy to withdraw, but I was making reference to an article in the Canberra Times.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. That deals with the matter.

MR HARGREAVES: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much. To the minister: when was the last time you had a discussion with Mrs Dunne over the Bimberi issues; have you had any positive feedback from Mrs Dunne on the way forward in relation to Bimberi; and in fact has she put anything in writing to you about those issues and would you table it if she has?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. No, I have not had a conversation with Mrs Dunne on Bimberi. All the rhetoric and dialogue on Bimberi from Mrs Dunne has come through this place in a series of questions and in one or two motions put forward. I have always declared that I am more than interested in talking to any member in this Assembly—that is Mrs Dunne, Mr Seselja or Mr Hanson or anyone—who wants to contribute positively. In fact, this morning I wrote to the chair of the standing committee on youth affairs seeking their comments on a number of recommendations that are in the report that reflect on possible contributions and processes through the standing committee. I am happy, and always will be, to take interested and positive dialogue, something constructive that we can move youth justice forward with in the ACT—move the care of our young people forward.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—inquiry

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, I refer to a recent report on Bimberi by the Human Rights Commission. On page 357 the report points out:

One of the key functions of Bimberi management is to identify and respond to incidents when they occur, and assess the underlying causes of the incident to identify preventative measures that may avoid similar occurrences in the future.

Page 374 of the report refers to records of complaints:


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