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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .

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Questions without notice

Ministerial office—investigation

MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. In today's Canberra Times, the Deputy Chief Minister is reported as saying, with regard to police investigations into Ms Burch's office:

... this is a serious matter, It is quite unprecedented for there to be a police investigation into these circumstances, the day-to-day functions of a minister's office ...

Chief Minister, with regard to the police investigation, can you update the Assembly as to the status of the investigation and advise when it is likely to be concluded and, on its conclusion, what you will be providing to the Assembly?

MR BARR: No, I am not in a position to provide any updates. It is a matter for the Chief Police Officer; it is a police investigation. I, like everyone else, await the outcomes.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: With regard to the police investigation, Chief Minister, are you aware if this is limited to ACT Policing or whether there are other branches of the AFP involved?

MR BARR: No, I am not in a position to comment on that. I have had a discussion with the Chief Police Officer; that has been the extent of my involvement.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, does the investigation extend to any personnel still employed at the Assembly?

MR BARR: I am not in a position to comment on that. I am not conducting the investigation.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, are day-to-day functions for any other ministerial offices being investigated?

MR BARR: No, not that I am aware of.

Ministerial office—investigation

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. On 15 December 2015 Ms Burch resigned as police minister and since then has left all ministerial roles. The


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