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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 4664..


MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, if there is no legal sanction for 24 breaches of the law, what is the point of the law?

MR CORBELL: That is a rhetorical question, Mr Speaker.

Children and young people—care and protection

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. I refer to your comments on ABC radio today about Ms Burch:

In terms of her own responsibilities, she has fulfilled them and fulfilled them to a very high standard.

That is from ABC 666. Chief Minister, how can you claim that Ms Burch fulfilled her responsibilities to a very high standard when the Public Advocate found that her department broke the law 24 times,

resulting in children being left highly traumatised?

MS GALLAGHER: My comments on ABC radio this morning were true and accurate at all times.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, you do not have the floor. Mr Doszpot has the floor.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, who should be held accountable for the Community Services Directorate breaking the law 24 times, resulting in children being left highly traumatised?

MS GALLAGHER: The government has not accepted that the directorate has broken the law 24 times, as I said and alluded to. I know the opposition are salivating at the advice they have got in the Public Advocate's report.

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, please.

Mr Hargreaves: My point of order is not about the raucous noise, it is about Mr Smyth's comment suggesting that Ms Burch had misled the Assembly. I would ask you to ask him to withdraw.


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