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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 2106..


DR BOURKE: look at those cases that have been notified to CIT previously and to consider the cases where people wish to refer those matters to the Commissioner for Public Administration.

MR DOSZPOT: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how do you know they were not involved, given your previous disclaimers about lack of knowledge of bullying at CIT?

DR BOURKE: I have not been advised that that is the case.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, what are you going to do to make sure that, if there are systemic issues at CIT, they will be addressed?

DR BOURKE: As I have already said, we have put in place a number of very stringent procedures. But let me also draw members' attention to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, which I brought in here last year. That, for the first time, made these matters possible to be prosecuted. It is a first in the territory that public institutions can also be prosecuted under the Work Health and Safety Act. I think that would probably clarify the minds of those involved very clearly.

Community Services Directorate—refresh

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and relates to the Community Services Directorate. Minister, it is my understanding that the Community Services Directorate will soon be undertaking a "refresh". Minister, can you advise the Assembly of what exactly is meant by a refresh of the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support and the Community Services Directorate, and how is a refresh different from a restructure?

MS BURCH: Yes, the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support is going through—you can call it a refresh; I think it is not quite a restructure, Ms Hunter. But it certainly has been talking and reviewing its internal processes and practices and various departments and areas or silos. I think some people will use a descriptor but other people may choose another descriptor, Ms Hunter.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS BURCH: We may choose to use different words to describe different areas within the office to do their functions. But, putting that aside, last year we engaged Jane Brazier to go through and talk with a number of stakeholders, internal and external—


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