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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (23 September) . .

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We took briefings about an action earlier in the week, again, similar to when this first came into being in April of this year. We made sure that there was one day to make sure the family was contacted and those people that needed to be informed were informed.

I can confirm those times: it goes back to Tuesday, 8 September when the family, the school community and directorate staff were notified and the results were announced. On Monday, 7 September we worked with the directorate on the proposed approach. On Thursday, 3 September I was briefed by the delegate on the delegate's decision, then on the Friday I met with the directorate about that report.

Mr Coe: On a point of order on relevance.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock.

Mr Coe: The question was specifically about the key findings of the inquiry rather than the report of the inquiry.

MADAM SPEAKER: If Minister Burch has anything more to add to tease out the answer to the question, she has 52 seconds to do so.

MS BURCH: No, I think I have been fairly clear. I got the information on the Thursday and discussed it on the Friday and the Monday. Spoke to the families on the Tuesday and went public on Wednesday.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, who decided what findings would be included in the key findings handout document which was published?

MS BURCH: I answered that question yesterday; it was the director-general.

Schools—autism

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, why did you or your office distribute the key findings of the HR investigation, rather than the Education and Training Directorate or Shared Services?

MS BURCH: The agreed response, which was to go public, was issued through both my office, because I think there was community interest in it, and also the directorate's website.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, was the summary, or key findings handout document, produced by the delegate or investigator, or was it produced by you or your office or your directorate?

MS BURCH: The directorate.


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