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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1685 ..


MR PARTON: Minister, why did the government take 17 months to give advice to Aquis after they lodged their detailed business case in June 2016?

MR RAMSAY: Noting that those matters do not fall within my portfolio, the conversations with the current casino licensee have been taking place for some time. The information requested was requested a number of years ago. We have been waiting for that ever since.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—assault allegations

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, we have been informed that the investigation into the 6 May 2016 incident at Bimberi has been concluded, with the government having reached a financial settlement with staff involved. Minister, does this mean the government has accepted full responsibility for this outbreak of violence that resulted in Bimberi youth workers being sent to hospital?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I will take that question on notice.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, have staff members agreed not to speak about this incident as part of their settlement? Is this standard procedure in such cases?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I forgot to thank Mrs Kikkert earlier for her first question. I understand that non-disclosure is a standard part of a number of agreements, but I will take the question on notice. I do not know what I can say on that.

MR WALL: Minister, has the Human Rights Commission concluded its review of this incident? If so, will the review be tabled or made public, and what conclusions did it reach?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Wall for his question. I think he is referring to the Human Rights Commission's self-instigated inquiry into a number of allegations that were raised last year. My understanding is that the commission has not completed that review. I look forward to receiving it when it is completed.

Federal government—budget

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. What is the impact of last night's commonwealth budget on the ACT?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. The short answer perhaps reflects where we are at in terms of commonwealth budgets—that is, the impact of last night's commonwealth budget on the ACT was minimal. There was not much bad news which we have become used to receiving; there was not a huge amount of good news either. But to the extent that there was some new infrastructure investment proposed for the ACT, that infrastructure investment is in two areas potentially inside the borders of the territory as it relates to the Monaro Highway and the duplication of—


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