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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . .

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Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—drugs

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, in recent weeks has there been an internal or AFP-led investigation or raid regarding illicit drugs at Bimberi?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Wall for his question. We are doing an inquiry into some allegations that we have received at Bimberi, but I am unable to go to the detail of that inquiry whilst that investigation takes place.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are any detainees currently under investigation as a result of this inquiry?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I refer to my earlier answer. I am unable to go to any detail whilst that investigation is underway.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Have any Bimberi staff subject to investigation been stood down as a result?

MR GENTLEMAN: I refer to the earlier question and answer.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order.

MR GENTLEMAN: Whilst the investigation is underway, it is improper—

MADAM SPEAKER: Have you got a point of order?

Mr Hanson: I have a point of order on relevance. The question has been asked. To dismiss this as "I am not able to answer whether or not staff are stood down" is not relevant to the investigation. I ask that the minister be relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think I can uphold the point of order. I cannot—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you want the ruling?

Mr Hanson: Yes, I do, Madam Speaker. There was an interjection from Mr Barr.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, and you should not respond, remembering that you are on a warning. I do not really uphold the point of order. I think that the minister should have the flexibility to answer the question in the way he sees fit. Do you have anything more to add to the answer, Mr Gentleman?


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