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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 27 October 2015) . . Page.. 3653 ..


MR DOSZPOT: Mr Assistant Speaker, we are calling on the minister to answer the community’s request for transparency. Nothing could be more topical than her recent actions.

All we have sought to do from April this year is ask about the circumstances that led to a decision to construct such a constraint, to understand who undertook the investigation into the structure and what qualifications they had to do so, whether the matter was referred to the police or to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who provided the legal advice on this as to whether an illegal act had occurred. Again, in question time, there was more obfuscation, and more—I was going to say something I should not say—untruths from this minister. We further wanted to know who else knew about the construction other than the one, now much maligned—

Ms Burch: Mr Assistant Speaker, a point of order.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Ms Burch?

Ms Burch: It is a point of order.

MR DOSZPOT: Could we stop the clock?

Ms Burch: If Mr Doszpot—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Please sit down, Mr Doszpot. Ms Burch, a point of order. Stop the clock.

Ms Burch: Mr Doszpot claimed that I came into the Assembly and provided untruths to the Assembly. I believe that is out of order and I ask that he withdraw.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I do not recall, Ms Burch—

Ms Burch: Very clearly—you can check Hansard—those were his words.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Okay, I shall check Hansard later and review that for you. Mr Doszpot, please continue.

MR DOSZPOT: All we have sought to do from April this year is to ask about the circumstances that led to the decisions regarding the cage—what qualifications people had to construct it, whether the matter was referred to police or to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and who provided the legal advice on this as to whether an illegal act had occurred. We asked further questions on this at question time, and again Ms Burch stuck to her obfuscation. There were no real answers.

We have asked who is undertaking the internal inquiries into ETD central office staff and what role these staff played in the lead-up to the construction, to the processing of the invoices, to the payment of accounts. We wanted to know why the team of experts in the directorate head office, who are apparently available to assist principals when facing difficult situations like this one, were not called upon. We wanted to know why


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