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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2011) . . Page.. 4742 ..


Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Dunne!

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne!

MS GALLAGHER: But if there have been families traumatised—and, again, these cases are extremely complex and traumatic for all involved. I think that is the nature of care and protection work. It is. It is hard to say it but that is exactly what this work is all about. As I said, if there are families and children who have not been given the level of service that they should expect from the ACT public service—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members!

MS GALLAGHER: and it seems to me that particularly placing them in less than—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: One minute, Chief Minister. I have asked repeatedly. I warned seven members of this chamber yesterday. Mr Coe, you are now warned for the most recent interjection. The volume is unacceptable. I do not expect the Chief Minister to have to raise her voice. Chief Minister.

Ms Gallagher: My time has expired, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry; I forgot to stop the clock.

MR SESELJA: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, will you now apologise for your government failing these children?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Seselja for the question. As I said, expressing regret is an apology. It is acknowledging that for people who have not received the level of care—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are now warned.

MS GALLAGHER: that they should have expected to receive. Yes, the government is sorry. Yes, I am sorry. I read that report and, like anyone in this place, found that report and those case studies very difficult to read.


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