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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4326..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, what policies and procedures has the government changed as a result of Jack's death and can you please table them in the Assembly today?

MS BURCH: In relation to matters around Jack Sullivan, we will wait till the end of that, but Disability ACT has an ongoing quality assurance and review policy of all of its policies and procedures. It is my understanding that all of those are available on the Disability website.

Children and young people—care

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Yesterday Mr Seselja and I asked you to table all briefs and other advice that you received from you directorate in relation to the directorate's breach of the Children and Young People Act. You refused without giving explanation. Minister why are you not prepared to table all briefs and other advice that you received from the directorate in relation to this matter?

MS BURCH: I think I was somewhat verballed in that question. There is an inquiry in order to determine a breach and compliance on a matter of placements for out-of-home care purposes. But as far as providing and tabling the briefs is concerned, as I said yesterday, I will not be tabling the briefs. These materials are provided to the minister in line with my responsibilities as the minister. I think most reasonable people would expect that this information is provided from the directorate in confidence to the minister.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you make this material available to the Public Advocate during her inquiry? If not, why not?

MS BURCH: The Public Advocate will have information on whatever documentation she requires.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why did it take you nearly two months to refer this issue to the Public Advocate?

MS BURCH: As I have said, I started asking questions when the department raised a number of matters with me around staffing pressures within care and protection and the pressures on the foster carers. They made comment that some unapproved agency


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