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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 March 2011) . . Page.. 940 ..


MR BARR: Yes, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what have you done to satisfy yourself that the trainer was afforded the due industrially democratic process of counselling and warning before he was sacked from Bimberi?

MR BARR: These matters, of course, are between the employer, Caloola, and Mr Cavill in relation to that particular matter. I have sought some further information from the Department of Education and Training and have requested, as I outlined to the Assembly just a moment ago, that there be—

Mr Smyth: Three weeks later, we’re no closer to knowing anything.

MR BARR: No, these offers for meetings have been made in advance of today, obviously. Matters do not just freeze between sitting weeks.

Mr Corbell: They do for the opposition.

MR BARR: They perhaps do for the opposition. But in the context of this particular issue, I am, of course, closely monitoring the situation. As the matters here relate to someone who is not an employee of the Department of Education and Training, I am somewhat limited, of course, in the capacity I have to direct particular employment outcomes. However, I am satisfied that the department has made every effort to contact Mr Cavill, and that offer still remains open. I know Mr Cavill; we correspond regularly on a range of matters. I am sure that he would accept such an offer in the good will in which it is made.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, who made the decision that Mr Cavill not return to Bimberi, and who informed Mr Cavill of the decision?

MR BARR: That would be a matter for the principal of Murrumbidgee education centre. The question in relation to advice around his employment would be for Caloola.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff shortages

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, in an open letter to the Chief Minister printed in the Canberra Times today, a former staff member of the Bimberi centre states that children as young as 12 years old were


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