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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 2108..


an internal realignment. But staff and the stakeholders that report to different areas within the office are certainly part of this.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, was the decision to refresh the Community Services Directorate made as a result of the flawed consultation tender in the implementation process for the Children, Youth and Family Support programs?

MS BURCH: No, Mr Speaker. This conversation has been going on between me and the Community Services Directorate for some time. The independent consultant was engaged in the earlier part of last year.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what tangible outcomes will clients, and especially the young people and their carers, see from this realignment?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. The realignment is to strengthen up some areas, as I have said, across policy and business areas such as procurement. There is no negative impact out of this. It is all about reshaping the office that has grown over a number of years so it works effectively and efficiently.

Mr Coe: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: On relevance, the question was what tangible impact will clients see. She has only talked about internal departmental processes. I ask that you bring her to the point of the question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, would you like to add any further comments? No.

Canberra Institute of Technology—alleged bullying

MR DOSZPOT: My question is addressed to Dr Bourke in his dual roles of minister for education and Minister for Industrial Relations. Minister, I refer to the WorkSafe ACT report on bullying at the Canberra Institute of Technology. The report says:

Given ... the passage of time since the alleged incidents occurred and as the CIT had advised that it had already considered the complaints which had been made to it ... WorkSafe ... did not investigate the actual claims of bullying themselves.

Minister, this says that claims of bullying have been going on for years. Why did it take years for claims of bullying to be properly investigated?


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