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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (13 May) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I call the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Smyth for his question; he has obviously read the Canberra Times this morning. Those allegations were independently and fully investigated and there was no substance to them. I also understand that, certainly from what I have seen on this, the review was independent. The process followed was rigorous, independent and proper.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what was the nature of the relationship between the investigator and the directorate, and are you satisfied that there is sufficient independence to ensure the integrity of the inquiry?

MS BURCH: Yes, I am satisfied with the independence of the inquiry.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how much time was devoted to investigating this case, and do you believe that the time spent on this investigation is satisfactory?

MS BURCH: It was adequately investigated and resolved.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how many bullying complaints have been made against the ESA Commissioner to date?

MS BURCH: As we are all aware, this allegation was made. That was thoroughly investigated and it was found to have no substance. The review was independent and the process was found to be appropriate.

Mr Coe: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can we stop the clock, please. Mr Coe, on a point of order.

Mr Coe: The specific question by Mr Doszpot was: how many complaints have been made? So it is going beyond the specific complaint that was in the main question.

MADAM SPEAKER: My notes confirm what Mr Coe has said. I will remind the minister, in accordance with standing order 118(a), to be directly relevant and concise in her answer.

MS BURCH: I have answered the question, Madam Speaker.

Federal government—budget

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please tell the Assembly how the commonwealth budget issued on Tuesday will impact the ACT?

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