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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2011) . . Page.. 5267 ..


MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her question. The Coree unit is used at times. I do not think that has ever been in dispute. It is used as part of the on site management. These decisions are made on a daily or almost an hourly basis to make sure that fair and safe conduct at Bimberi Youth Detention Centre is undertaken so that it is safe for the young people there and it is safe for the workforce there.

There has been some commentary, as I understand it, from the Commissioner for Children and Young People. He has written to me and provided some commentary that he appears to have not agreed or he feels that we have not agreed or rightly interpreted his recommendations. I look forward to his full reply to me. I think it is the first time ever that we have a reviewer reviewing the government’s response to the recommendations. So I will get that in full and make a comment to him directly.

RSPCA—funding

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, on 27 October, you wrote a letter to the Canberra Times stating:

Last financial year the Government paid an additional $150,000 to the RSPCA over and above the amount agreed in its funding agreement …

Further to this, in the recent TAMS annual report hearing, you said that $570,000 was paid to the society in the 2010-11 financial year. Do you stand by your comments that $570,000 was granted to the RSPCA in 2010-11?

MR CORBELL: That was the basis of my advice. Yes, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, in the annual report of the RSPCA, which was audited by Ernst & Young—

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, this is a preamble on the supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Thank you, Mr Coe, if you can come directly to the question.

MR COE: Sure. Given that the annual report of the RSPCA, which was audited by Ernst & Young—

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, this is a dressed-up preamble.

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Mr Speaker—

Mr Hargreaves: I’m not talking to you, Mr Seselja.

Mr Seselja: I am talking to the Speaker.


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