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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1858..


MS BURCH: There was no kicking and screaming for me to be dragged to the Human Rights Commission. Just to remind members of the reality of the history, the reality of the history is that we commenced a change management program before the Human Rights Commission was even commenced. Can I also remind all members here that the former shadow for young people has not set foot in Bimberi and the current shadow for young people has not set foot in Bimberi.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what actions have you taken to ensure that members of this Assembly are better informed about the work being conducted in youth justice at Bimberi?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Gentleman for his interest. As members of the Assembly would be aware, I provided an update to the Assembly on the improvements at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. And as I understand it, the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety has also been provided with information. In addition to this, I have recently invited all members of the Assembly to an open day at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre, just last month. I thank the members who attended—Ms Berry, Mr Gentleman, staff from Mr Rattenbury's office and Mr Hanson. I have to say that it was extremely disappointing that, as I have said, neither the former nor current shadow for young people have shown any interest or provided time to—

Mr Hanson: You're lying, Joy. You're lying.

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please withdraw the assertion that Ms Burch is lying.

Mr Hanson: Mr Wall is not the shadow, and I will not withdraw until she withdraws the fact that she is—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, Mr Hanson—

Mr Corbell: You will withdraw.

Mr Hanson: You need to correct—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson—

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: you need to withdraw.

Mr Hanson: The minister should stop making these allegations in the chamber and withdraw it now.


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