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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 March 2011) . . Page.. 1058 ..


MR CORBELL: The commissioner did not even indicate that the complainant had approached the commissioner to that person’s supervisor. There was no conversation to suggest that the commissioner disclosed that person’s identity through their supervisor. It is wrong and misleading for those opposite to suggest otherwise. It shows the very loose grasp of the truth that those opposite are pursuing in relation to this matter.

In relation to the second matter, it is quite clear that the commissioner acted in good faith and in accordance with his understanding of what information was known to Mrs Dunne in relation to the identity of an individual and that any disclosure was inadvertent—unfortunate but inadvertent—and not of a nature that compromised that person’s ability to give information to the commissioner.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Attorney, why did you insult the willingness of the Trish McEwan to contribute to the Bimberi review process by publicly excusing the commissioner for his breaches of her privacy when she had good reasons for quite specifically asking him not to?

MR CORBELL: I do not believe that I insulted anyone, Mr Speaker, and I think it is wrong of those opposite to suggest otherwise. This was an interaction between the commissioner and the complainant. The commissioner worked very closely with the complainant to get his best understanding of how that person wished their information to be dealt with, and I believe at all times he acted accordingly and appropriately, given his understanding of the situation.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Attorney, will you now apologise to Trish McEwan and others who now are reluctant to tell their stories to the Human Rights Commission’s Bimberi inquiry and, attorney, will you table the apology of the Children and Young People Commissioner to Ms McEwan which the Chief Minister yesterday, in his ABC radio interview, indicated had been given?

MR CORBELL: I am sorry; I missed the last part of your question.

MR SMYTH: Will you table the apology of the Children and Young People Commissioner to Ms McEwan which the Chief Minister yesterday, in his ABC radio interview, indicated had been given?

MR CORBELL: I would have to ask the commissioner in relation to that correspondence. It is not my correspondence; it is the commissioner’s. But I am happy to seek the commissioner’s views on that matter.


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