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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (19 March) . . Page.. 1027..


MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what is the potential impact to the territory's finances should the government decide to refund eligible homebuyers?

MR BARR: Minimal.

MR HANSON: Supplementary.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how was it that conflicting advice was given to eligible concession homebuyers?

MR BARR: The detail that I am aware of in relation to this particular instance that I understand had some airing at the ACAT hearing related to a verbal response to information provided to an officer within the Revenue Office. Looking at the detail of that ACAT matter, members would note that the officer responded to a set of scenarios that were put to the officer and, given that those particular scenarios did not necessarily reflect the interdependency of a particular contract or contracts, I do not believe it is fair to say that contradictory advice was provided.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: A supplementary, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, what has been the level of constituent inquiry regarding this matter to the government?

MR BARR: None that I am aware of.

Children and young people—care and protection

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. I refer to the Auditor-General's report into Care and Protection Services which found:

There were 573 children and young people in care on the 18 November 2012. The Director General cannot rely on the Directorate's own system to provide accurate information to be able to answer the question for all those in care; Where are they ...

Minister, why do we have a situation where the director-general of your directorate cannot rely on information about where these children are?

MS BURCH: I do thank Mr Seselja for his interest in these children. This was raised in annual report hearings. I was happy to provide answers there and I am happy to provide answers here. The report did highlight that there were some information gaps in information held within the CHYPS, which is the electronic system held within the department. We also manage a paper-based system.


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