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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 2109..


DR BOURKE: That is indeed what WorkSafe ACT has been doing—properly investigating these claims, and that is what has brought about this report as well as the improvement notice.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what have you done to assure yourself that the internal investigations by CIT were adequately independent and impartial?

DR BOURKE: There are two independent channels by which concerns can be raised at CIT. Firstly, the respect, equity and diversity executive sponsors and contact officers in agencies can receive complaints relating to another agency. Secondly, concerns can also be raised directly with the office of the Commissioner for Public Administration.

Mr Hanson: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

Mr Hanson: The question was directly not about the process by which people can make complaints but about what the minister had done himself to personally assure himself that the internal investigations were adequately independent and impartial. This is about the third or fourth occasion where members of the opposition have asked Dr Bourke a question and he has simply read from pre-prepared notes that do not go to the point of the question. I ask him, under standing order 118(a), to be direct in his answer.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Bourke, would you like to add further comments in response to the question?

DR BOURKE: No.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson has a supplementary question.

MR HANSON: What disciplinary action has been taken against, or counselling provided to, the perpetrators of the bullying?

DR BOURKE: Disciplinary action and counselling is a matter for the particular workplace agreements which people are employed under. Those recommendations are the responsibility of the agency—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I cannot hear the minister.

DR BOURKE: as well as the Commissioner for Public Administration.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan on a supplementary.


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