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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 October 2011) . . Page.. 4650 ..


MR HARGREAVES: Minister, in Mrs Dunne’s question to you she referred to the department telling lies. Have you any evidence that the department had been telling lies?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. I think this commentary from Mrs Dunne just adds to her ongoing vile language use and condemnation of people that are doing—

MR SPEAKER: Minister, the question, thank you.

MS BURCH: Pardon?

MR SPEAKER: The question that Mr Hargreaves asked.

MS BURCH: I am responding to the question. The question was: is there any evidence in front of me to say, as Mrs Dunne has quoted, that staff of care and protection are lying? What I will go on to say is that Mrs Dunne continues to show appalling care and attention to the care and protection workers that are over in Moore Street and out in our community each and every day.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MS BURCH: All Mrs Dunne can do is condemn their practice.

Mr Coe: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch, one moment, thank you. Stop the clocks. I have Mr Coe, and then I will come to Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Coe: Mr Speaker, the supplementary question from Mr Hargreaves was: do you have any evidence that your department has lied to you? It did not involve Mrs Dunne. It was simply about the department.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, I actually did refer to Mrs Dunne’s question of the minister—that the directorate had told lies.

MR SPEAKER: Is that your point of order as well, Mr Hargreaves?

Mr Hargreaves: No. That is in response to Mr Coe’s.

MR SPEAKER: Is your point of order related to this?

Mr Hargreaves: My point of order is that Mr Seselja interjected across the chamber, saying, “It is your breach of the law.” Mr Speaker, that is an imputation that the minister has broken the law. That has to be withdrawn.

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, there is a report now that says this government has broken the law. Joy Burch is the responsible minister. If we are being


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