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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1096..


MRS JONES: Minister, have any reports been prepared or completed on this subject?

MR CORBELL: Yes, they have, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what were the conclusions and recommendations of the reports, and will you now table them?

MR CORBELL: It is not feasible for me to go through all of the detail of those reports at this time. They are quite lengthy and comprehensive. The government, through my directorate, has taken a broad range of actions to address the issues raised in the reports and their recommendations.

In relation to making them publicly available, I will seek advice from my directorate on the matter as substantial components of those reports relate to the personal circumstances of the individual officers involved and the nature of their complaints, which are sensitive. Given the small number of women in the service, it raises other issues about confidentiality. I will need to take those matters on board and I would have to provide further advice to the Assembly on that matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, were those accused found to have been guilty of bullying, sexist or misogynistic behaviour or were they exonerated by the reports?

MR CORBELL: Each circumstance is different and I do not think it is appropriate for me to provide that detail now simply because I do not have it immediately to hand. The circumstances are complex and it would be better if I were to take the detail of that question on notice.

WorkSafe ACT—improvement notice

MR WALL: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, last month WorkSafe ACT issued a provisional improvement notice on your directorate on the failure to act on bullying. Given the debate in the Assembly on 30 October 2013, why did you not act to stop bullying in your directorate?

MR CORBELL: It is not the case that I have ever declined to act in relation to bullying, so the context of Mr Wall's question is wrong. He asked me, not my directorate. I have never declined to act on a bullying allegation in relation to the ESA, and that remains the case.

In relation to the circumstance that Mr Wall refers to, a complaint was made and I have outlined the circumstances of how that was handled in my evidence to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in relation to its second appropriation investigation, and I refer Mr Wall to my explanation there.


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