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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 December 2010) . . Page.. 5936 ..


Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let us hear from the minister.

MS BURCH: That option included an investigation by the commissioner for children and young people. I think that would provide an independent review. It is up to the Assembly to indeed consider that. But that is how I am considering progressing this.

Mr Seselja: A point of order, Mr Speaker. It is on relevance. The question was very specific and it was how the minister will ensure that it is at arm’s length and that protections are given to witnesses. She has not addressed those and I ask you to ask her to come to the point of the question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, do you wish to add any other points?

Ms Burch: No, I don’t.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, how will you ensure that witnesses are protected, and doesn’t an inquiry under the Inquiries Act provide the protections that you say you want?

MS BURCH: I have given a commitment here that I will offer all the protections that I can.

Mr Hanson: How? What are they?

MS BURCH: I am confident that this inquiry will be independent—

Mr Hanson: What are the protections?

Mr Coe: You also gave a commitment that you would run Bimberi properly, but that is not happening.

MS BURCH: will be thorough and will provide this government with the information it needs to have in its hands to afford effective change—

Mr Hanson: How, Joy? Answer the question.

MS BURCH: and to ensure that those residents of Bimberi and the staff at Bimberi—

Mr Seselja: Why won’t you answer the question?

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Ms Burch. Members, constantly interjecting is not acceptable behaviour in question time. We are only in the second question of the day. Let’s tone it down.


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